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Bobcats to interview Gentry, Turner for head coach

POSTED: May 1, 2013 9:21 PM ET

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst


The Charlotte Bobcats will interview former Suns head coach Alvin Gentry next week for their vacant head coach job, according to league sources. The Bobcats will also interview longtime assistant coach Elston Turner, who was Gentry's assistant in Phoenix before Gentry was fired early this season.

Gentry, a North Carolina native who played collegiately at Appalachian State, had expressed interest in the Bobcats' job last week. The Bobcats are looking for yet another head coach after firing Mike Dunlap following a single season.

Gentry's head coaching record is 335-370 (.475). He has been a head coach for Miami, Detroit and the Clippers. In 2010, Gentry's Suns made the Western Conference finals, where they were beaten by the Lakers. But the Suns have fallen off the map in recent seasons, and Gentry was fired midway through this season with a 13-28 record.

Turner hoped to be considered for the job after Gentry was fired, but he was passed over in favor of the Suns' player development coach, Lindsey Hunter, who coached the rest of the season. The Suns, who also dismissed former general manager Lance Blanks after the season, have already given Hunter permission to interview with Detroit for its vacant head coaching job.

Turner has spent 15 years as an NBA assistant, mainly working at Sacramento and Houston under Rick Adelman at both spots, before joining Phoenix's staff in 2011. He has interviewed for the head coaching job for several teams, including Chicago (which took Tom Thibodeau instead), but has yet to be hired despite having a reputation as one of the NBA's best defensive coaches.

Yahoo! Sports first reported Turner would interview in Charlotte.