Suns fire Earl Watson, name Jay Triano interim coach


The Phoenix Suns have fired Earl Watson Sunday evening and have named associate head coach Jay Triano interim coach for the time being, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Despite being three games into the season, the franchise and owner Robert Sarver decided that it was time to head a different direction at head coach. The team has been blown out by 40-plus points in two of the three games, and have given up 386 points to opposing offenses. 

The firing coincidentally comes on the heels of point guard Eric Bledsoe's tweet, which implies the dynamic guard no longer wants to be in Phoenix.

Triano, 59, most recently served as head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2008-11. After the Raptors fired Sam Mitchell, Triano was given interim status before the franchise decided to sign him to a three-year deal in 2009.

He went 87-142 with the team and his contract was not renewed, instead becoming Vice-President of Pro Scouting for the organization.

Triano is expected to coach the Suns for the remainder of the season.

The Suns have also let go of assistant coaches Nate Bjorkgren, Mehmet Okur, and Jason Fraser, with the latter two serving as player development coaches.

Tyrone Corbin, who has been a head coach with Utah and Sacramento, will serve as Triano's top assistant.

Picking up interim status after the Suns fired Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson was named head coach prior to the 2016-17 season. He went 33-85 during his tenure as head coach of the Suns.

"Thank you to my Suns family, the Phoenix community, and everyone who has supported me through this journey," Watson told ESPN Sunday night. "Life has unpredictable pivots that I embrace humbly and with great purpose."

Phoenix plays the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

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