Suns Fire Terry Porter

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The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Terry Porter, just four months into his first season with the club and the sputtering team barely in playoff contention.

Assistant coach Alvin Gentry will replace Porter on an interim
basis, the team said in an announcement Monday.

Phoenix (28-23) lost five of eight going into the All-Star break
and trails Utah by one game for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the West.

The Suns are the eighth team to fire a coach this season,
meaning more than one-quarter of the league's coaches are gone at
the All-Star break.

This marks the second time Porter has been fired as an NBA
coach. He was let go by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005 after two