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Gentry out as Suns coach

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Alvin Gentry is no longer the coach of the struggling Phoenix Suns.

The team announced Friday that it "mutually agreed to part ways" with Gentry, who had held the job since 2009 after replacing the fired Terry Porter.

The Suns have the worst record in the Western Conference this season at 13-28, three years after the team reached the conference finals under Gentry. The franchise has undergone a transition since veteran guard Steve Nash left.

An interim coach will be named in the next 24-48 hours, the Suns announced.

Gentry, 58, leaves Phoenix with a 158-44 record in five years. He previously was the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers (2000-03), Detroit Pistons (1997-2000) and Miami Heat (1995).

"Alvin's hard work, dedication and coaching ability over the last nine years have been an important part of the success of our organization," said Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver in a statement from the team. "These partings are never easy but are, unfortunately, part of the business of professional sports. I wish nothing but the best for Alvin and his family."

"All of us, including Alvin, realized that the pieces weren't fitting," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. "To be sure, integrating nine new players was a challenge. Alvin is a good coach and a good person. I wish him the best. As for us, we will remain focused on moving this team forward."

"After nine years with the Suns, the organization and I came to a mutual agreement to go in different directions," Gentry said in the statement. "I have the utmost respect for Robert (Sarver) and what he's done with the organization. It's unfortunate that I was unable to accomplish what I set out to do here.".
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