The news is in the air that Terry Porter, the head coach of Phoenix Suns, may be relieved from his responsibilities. There are also speculations that Alvin Gentry, the assistant coach, would be promoted as the head coach. This confusion had an impact on the All-Star game festivity in Phoenix. As the Suns were the hosts of the 2009 All-Star game and 2 of their players were representatives of the Western Conference, the team had reasons to cheer. However, rather than having a celebratory weekend, the players had to experience turmoil regarding their coaching state. In the 2008-09 season, the Suns have a 28-23 record that is a disappointing one. When the team practice scheduled on Monday (16th February 2009) was revoked, there was a buzz that an alteration of the coach was just round the corner. >
Porter was allocated the job just at the beginning of this season on 9th June 2008. He replaced Mike D’Antoni, who had a successful stint as a head coach of the Suns but who had a different philosophy than Steve Kerr, the General Manager of the Suns. Kerr intended some alteration from the offensive nature of the team. With an eye on defense, he opted for Porter. However, Porter’s slow-down approach has not resulted in more awards for the team. Since 2004, Gentry has been associated with the Suns. So, he is being touted as the forerunner for this job. Simultaneously, there are rumors that Kerr himself may shoulder this burden.