Sarver Not Focused on Gentry Extension
Training camp opened Tuesday, and the mood of Suns fans can be best described as skeptical with a hint of curiosity. They have accepted life without Steve Nash. They understand the team is in rebuilding mode. They want to care but remain mystified by the low-profile, unconventional management figures calling the shots.
Showing a commitment to (Suns coach Alvin) Gentry, who is in the final year of his deal, would be not only the right choice but the right message.
“It’s not an issue for this season,” Suns owner Robert Sarver said Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s an issue with Alvin, and it’s not an issue for us. I’ve worked with Alvin for the last eight years. I think he’s treated the organization fairly, and I think we’ve treated him fairly.”
By the Suns not giving Gentry a contract extension at the end of last year, it felt like they were setting him up for failure.
If the team starts out slow, the vultures will circle. Nationally, the lame-duck coach is always a hot story. Who needs that distraction?
The thing the Suns need more than anything is stability.