Hunter Hopes to Remain Head Coach of Suns
Lindsey Hunter’s coaching style is best described as intense, physical and in-your-face, which isn’t a huge surprise to anyone who watched Hunter during his 17-year NBA career. Hunter, who took over as the Phoenix Suns’ interim head coach in late January, approaches his new job with the same mentality that he approached every game during his playing days, and his goals aren’t too different either.
The Suns are adjusting to Hunter and trying to implement his system, but it hasn’t been easy. Trying to change a team’s philosophy and style of play in the middle of the season is extremely difficult, as Hunter has learned. It’s much easier to teach these lessons and make sure players are adequately conditioned during training camp rather than during the final stretch, but Hunter is doing his best.
Hunter is enjoying his transition to the head coach’s seat and he’s hoping to have his interim label removed this offseason. When the Suns promoted him, they did so because they viewed him as a long-term answer so it would be surprising if they didn’t bring him back next year. However, if the Suns don’t retain Hunter, he shouldn’t have any trouble finding a job elsewhere. He was nearly hired to become the head coach of the Orlando Magic last summer, but the team ultimately went with another young, former point guard in Jacque Vaughn because he had more experience as an assistant coach.