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The Suns may have had a week off to kick back and relax, but Kris and I are still hard at work. Well, mostly Kris. I deserve credit for working hard about as much as Lindsey Hunter deserves a head coaching job...

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Phoenix Suns Podcast Episode Six featuring Channing Frye

*Kris and I are keeping an eye on whether there will be more Suns wins or podcasts this season. Right now they are ahead 13-6, but the Suns got started before us and we think we've got a good chance at picking up some ground.

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Innuendo and "inside knowledge" aside, it appears that people in a frenzy to report juicy gossip from across the globe set themselves up for rebuke.

Originally reported by NBA insider extraordinaire, Adrian Wojnarowski, there was a heated altercation that was "really bad" outside the Suns locker room between C Jermaine O'Neal and GM Lance Blanks. Folks used conjecture to determine the nature of the argument, coincidentally juicing up the story in the process.

Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O'Neal and general manager Lance Blanks engaged in a blistering, expletive-laced confrontation in the coach's office on Monday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

"It was really bad," one Suns source said Tuesday afternoon.

The confrontation happened after interim coach Lindsey Hunter's first practice and unfolded within earshot of several Suns players in the locker room, sources said. Initially, O'Neal had expressed disappointment that his veteran stature hadn't dictated the front office turning to him for counsel in the recent coaching change, a league source told Y! Sports. When O'Neal kept challenging Blanks, the discussion started to become an argument and ultimately a screaming match.

Jermaine O'Neal responded vehemently tonight via twitter.

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So there's a mole in the Suns front office feeding things to insiders several thousand miles away. Woj has great sources, so it's likely the two men had some kind of discussion that was overheard by someone who wanted more and more stuff leaked to the media and chose this opportunity to do it.

What actually happened between O'Neal and Blanks is still up in the air, but it sure appears that maybe someone stepped a little too lively over their bounds.

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Alvin Gentry appeared on the Gambo and Burns show on 620KTAR earlier today and spoke about the details surrounding his departure from the Suns. The full interview, which at times took the structure of a Q&A session, can be heard here.

Here are some of the highlights:

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When asked about the classification of his departure as a "mutual parting" Gentry responded:

I think that obviously they wanted to make a change and they told me that I would no longer be the coach here. They had a right to do that. After talking and everything, they thought it was best for their franchise.

I said, ‘Ok. It's time to move on.'

On Sarver:

I wish Robert nothing but the best. He has been great to me. He's been great to my family and I told him that. He's been great to me from a career standpoint.

On the Suns decision to pass over Majerle and Turner for the interim coaching job :

I thought they were well qualified. I thought they could have done a great job with it, but the powers that be decided to go another direction. If you're asking me if I think their feelings were hurt, obviously they were and I think they were very disappointed that one of them didn't get the opportunity to do it.

When posed the question, "Were you ever comfortable with the presence of Lindsey Hunter?":

(five second pause) I don't think it's that important to answer that. It is what it is. Like I said, the decisions have been made and everybody moves on. It is what it is.

Gentry spoke of his appreciation for the fans and the friendships he had made. He refused to name specifics in terms of the people who did and didn't support him within the organization.

Two things that struck me and one that didn't.

1. Gentry reiterated several times that it was the Suns decision for him to leave, not his.

2. Gentry twice expressed thanks to Robert Sarver, once early in the audio and again towards the end. He said that he respects Sarver and that Sarver has tried to do what it takes to win.

3. Gentry doesn't appear to approve of Lindsey Hunter's promotion (shocking).

Gentry's favorite postseason and regular season games:



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