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Report: Jay Triano won't return as Phoenix Suns coach

Report: Jay Triano won't return as Phoenix Suns coach
Posted at 8:16 PM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 23:16:57-04

A person with knowledge of the situation says Jay Triano is not among "handful" of remaining candidates for the Phoenix Suns coaching job.

The person, who asked to remain anonymous because the search is ongoing, said the Suns are in the midst of second interviews "with a handful of candidates still in the mix."

Triano served as interim coach for all but the first three games of last season after Earl Watson was abruptly fired. Triano guided an exceedingly young and injury-plagued team to a 21-61 record, worst in the NBA and second-worst in franchise history.

The Suns conducted initial interviews with a wide range of candidates, including Triano.

Triano became the first Canadian-born coach in NBA history when the Raptors named him as an assistant in 2002. He was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors for three seasons, beginning when he took over as the team's interim head coach in 2008 following the firing of Sam Mitchell. He went 25-40 in the 2008-09 season and 40-42 in 2009-10, his first full season as head coach. He was let go after the Raptors went 22-60 in 2010-11.