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Suns Assemble All-Star Coaching Staff
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 22, 2013 @ 7:45 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
What the Suns roster lacks in experience and playoff pedigree, the coaching staff’s credentials will work on making up some of that.
New assistant coaches Jerry Sichting and Mike Longabardi each have NBA championship rings. New head coach Jeff Hornacek and assistant coach Mark West have been to the NBA Finals. There are 50 seasons of NBA experience among four coaches who played and that will form much-needed advice for a Suns roster with nine players between 19 and 25 years old.
“I don’t think there’s going to be anything we haven’t seen or been through,” said new assistant coach Kenny Gattison, who played for the Suns from 1986 to 1989. “Staffs come together out of necessity. X’s and O’s, defensive principles and all that, we know. It’s not like we’re going to invent anything new. But as the season goes, you learn how to manage personalities, different combinations and, at the end of the day, our job is to make Jeff’s job easier so he can coach the team. If you relay his message and get the players to say what he’s saying, then you’re on your way.
Pre-existing staff connections will help the coaches coalesce, especially after spending the NBA Summer League together and being on hand for the past month’s voluntary scrimmages and player workouts.
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