According to reports, Phoenix Suns players have already decided who will be their next permanent head coach.
When the Suns first made a change in the position by firing Jeff Hornacek, they were on a four-game losing streak - a streak which extended to 13 games under interim coach Earl Watson.
However, Watson has managed to turn the ship around since, and according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the players are willing to give him credit for what he has done for the team so far. So much so, they are reportedly happy with him taking over permanently.
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Spears tweet said: "Regardless to Suns outcome, interim coach Earl Watson has gained strong respect from players. Two said consensus is players want him to stay."
Watson has only been a coach for two years since he retired from playing in the NBA. He has taken the talent on the team and made them more competitive, which was something they lacked under the previous head coach.
However, the Suns will have to be even more competitive next season and push for the playoffs. The players feel that Watson is the right man to lead them forward to try and achieve that goal. He should be given the opportunity if the players believe he can do it.
Watson isn't focused on getting the job though, according to Arizona Sports. He is just focusing on improving the players he has. He said: “I don’t focus on getting the job permanently because no one can control that.
“You look in this league, there’s winning coaches who get fired, coach of the year (winners) get fired. This is just an intriguing league, so I think the only thing I can focus on right now is continuing to get our players better, continuing to put in a foundation that no matter what, we talk about being selfless, no matter what we put in the right foundation.”