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Jordi Fernandez advances to final round of interviews for Phoenix Suns coaching opening

Sacramento's lead assistant is getting a serious look with Phoenix.

Sacramento Kings lead assistant Jordi Fernandez continues to gain buzz as a rising star in the NBA coaching world, and is advancing to the final round of interviews according to multiple reports.

However, following the reports from Woj and Shams, Chris Haynes reported that Phoenix is not yet at it's final stage.

Amid these multiple reports all contradicting each other (is it 4 candidates? 5? Are they even at the final stage??), everyone seems to agree that Jordi is still a candidate for the position.

Jordi also interviewed for the Toronto Raptors head coaching position last month:

The Raptors' search has been wide-ranging and is still ongoing.

Given Phoenix's title aspirations and the other names involved at this point, I would be surprised if the Suns end up hiring Jordi away this summer. One thing is clear though: eventually some smart team is going to decide Jordi is the man to fix their franchise.

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andy_sims
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May 24, 2023 10:02 am

I would describe my feelings about this as “conflicted.”

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May 24, 2023 12:07 pm
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The last assistant I can recall getting head coaching interviews was Elston Turner, way back in the Adelman days.

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May 24, 2023 1:58 pm
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I think Byron Scott ended up getting a head coaching gig while he was an assistant with Adelman as well.

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May 24, 2023 10:35 am

Happy for Jordi that he’s getting attention and could possibly get an opportunity like this in the future. The selfish part of me wants him to stay here because he’s been a great associate head coach for Mike Brown’s staff. It seems inevitable that even if it isn’t this off-season, he probably will be a head coach for a team at some point. Hope we get the most out of him for however much time he’s got in Sac. 🙂

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May 24, 2023 10:49 am

But….who will give out the DPOG next season if Jordi leaves?

Wait–he’s not taking the DPOG with him, is he?

DON’T LEAVE, JORDI!!!

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May 24, 2023 10:57 am
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He won’t get far. He’s fucking blind.

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May 24, 2023 12:25 pm
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We’ll see you next time!

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May 24, 2023 12:23 pm

My guess is that we’ll get one more year of Jordi, but that’s it.

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May 24, 2023 12:41 pm

If he leaves for Phoenix, it’s because Jordi:

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(R.I.P. Tina)

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May 24, 2023 4:27 pm
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In the same vein –

When Miami makes it to the NBA Finals and their incredible Post Season Play – we will look at Spo, Playoff Jimmy, Bam as well as Kyle Lowry, Strus, Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson and the rest of the Heat squad and wonder about the player they acquired from the Cavaliers and maybe even say…

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

R.I.P. The Amazing Tina Turner

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May 24, 2023 1:13 pm

It’s great to see a Kings coach get the attention like this, but, like others I hope he stays another year or two. Imagine having a 6:00 AM Saturday morning interview. Yuk.

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May 24, 2023 3:04 pm

I don’t want him to go. I have no conflicts about that.

Hard to consider him getting a job with Suns. They see themselves as a contender and probably want a vet coach. First time head coaches do not have a great track record. Mazula laid an egg in Boston for example. If Toronto wants a re-do he is a “risk” there.

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May 24, 2023 5:37 pm
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All of the brand-name coaches that got fired will have jobs before the draft. It works the same way in a lot of industries:

  • Have a measure of success
  • Get hired to a more lucrative job
  • Run the new version into the ground
  • Get hired by a rival organization with great pay
  • Run it into the ground
  • Do this six more times
  • Retire a millionaire
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May 24, 2023 4:14 pm

He can’t go, he just can’t.

Who else could possibly coach the Vegas Summer League?
Or as Kosta noted – Who would give out the DPOG?
Or as we first heard and learned of Jordi in The Run Episode 2:

Good luck to Coach Jordi, and if we coach against him, I hope we kick his butt, but otherwise we hope for the greatest success.

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May 28, 2023 12:31 pm

bucks hiring griffin hurt him. Now Nurse will take that Suns job

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