Lindsey Hunter Gets New Role With Suns
The Suns are nowhere near a title and might not even be a playoff contender with a roster void of 2012 postseason participants.
Until the time comes to add an elite star via free-agency, draft or trade, the Suns can be a self-improvement project. They are placing a greater emphasis on player development with former 17-year NBA guard Lindsey Hunter heading the initiative after a season as a college scout.
The move could be an indictment of how Robin Lopez and Earl Clark did not fulfill their draft statuses or how Goran Dragic’s first stay was a roller coaster. It also could be simply a fit for a young team that needs enrichment. For example, this summer’s most loyal training room attendee at US Airways Center has been Grant Hill, a former Sun pushing 40.
Hunter began working out players this month with more individualized plans to come in September, when voluntary sessions begin.
“We’re trying to put together a system where we’re no longer looking for outside influences to create a better product,” Hunter said. “We want to do it right from the interior. A lot of people say, ‘You got to go get better players,’ which is true. But you have to make what you have better and we’re serious about it now.”
Hunter’s previous coaching was to assist his sons’ high school team but he already was a finalist for Orlando’s head-coaching job.