The Phoenix Suns can only wish they were dealing the problems the Los Angeles Lakers are facing. The Lakers have a team of stars that can't seem to figure things out. The Suns have no one. Their star, Steve Nash, is currently battling a broken leg in Los Angeles. The team is sitting on a 7-15 record. And changes need to be made. However, Alvin Gentry appears to be safe.
Often, the head coach is the one to be let go first. He is the scapegoat used by ownership to show fans the team is paying attention and taking action. However, just as often as that happens, the problems run deeper than the coach or are completely unrelated to the coach. The Suns' ownership seems to recognize this. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Gentry's job is safe. He says the team is not ready pull the plug on its coaching staff.
"We've got confidence in our coaching staff and we're not considering making changes," Team owner Robert Sarver said Monday.The Suns, like every other team in the NBA, have battled injuries. However, they do not have the personnel to overcome injuries and simply don't have the talent to compete right now. They have the second-worst record in the NBA. This season is all but over for them. Phoenix will have to re-evaluate and build toward their future. They went from one of the most exciting teams in the NBA to one of the most irrelevant in just a couple seasons.