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Suns hire Gentry as assistant coach

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Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 11:04 pm | Updated: 5:52 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Suns hired longtime NBA coach Alvin Gentry as an assistant Tuesday. Gentry joins Marc Iavaroni and Phil Weber on a staff that had not added a coach since Mike D'Antoni was promoted to head coach following the firing of Frank Johnson.

It is unlikely assistant coach Tim Grgurich will return for a third season. Grgurich, who was working on a year-to-year basis, has not been involved in the Suns' offseason workouts.

Gentry has been a head coach for three NBA teams and an assistant coach for 11 seasons, nine years under the trio of Larry Brown, Kevin Loughery and Doug Collins.

While the head coach of Los Angeles Clippers from 2000-2003, he compiled an 89-133 record. Before that he took over the Detroit Pistons in the middle of the 1997-98 season and was fired two seasons later. Detroit went 73-72 in those years, making the playoffs in 1999. Gentry served as Miami's interim coach for 36 games (15-21) in 1995. He spent last season as an assistant in New Orleans under Tim Floyd, who was fired May 7.

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