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Old 06-08-2008, 01:40 AM   #1
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Suns tab Porter to be next coach

PHOENIX (AP) - Terry Porter will be the Phoenix Suns' next coach, ending the club's month long search for a successor to Mike D'Antoni.

Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr said Saturday he had agreed to terms with Porter, who was an assistant with the Detroit Pistons.

The 45-year-old Porter played in the NBA for 17 seasons and teamed with Kerr in San Antonio.

"He's got a great combination of leadership skills," Kerr said in a telephone interview. "He's a great communicator. And his coaching experience, two years as a head coach, is important to me. The fact that he's sat in that chair, that was a key factor. He's very tough-minded."

Porter is expected to sign a three-year deal worth about $7 million, and he likely will be introduced at a news conference early next week.

Porter emerged from an extensive list of candidates interviewed by the Suns. Last week, Kerr said the list had been pared to four Porter and assistants Elston Turner of Houston, Tyrone Corbin of Utah and Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio.


At least he's got HC experience...
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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A word of warning to all these GMs wanting to "change things up" in the offseason, despite having success in the postseason. Try finding that missing piece, and not blowing things up. In the strike shortened season, the Hawks had the second best record in the league, but was swept by the Knicks in the second round. Atlanta Hawks GM Pete Babcock (I spit on the name) decided to trade away half the team. Bye bye Mookie Blaylock and Steve Smith, hello to mediocrity ever since.
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