Phoenix Suns finally turn the page

By parting with Alvin Gentry, Suns take first step -- admitting there's a problem

Updated: January 18, 2013, 3:00 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider
Marvin GentryMark J. Rebilas/US PresswireThough Alvin Gentry wasn't the problem, parting ways with the coach sets the Suns on a new course.

Friday's news that the Phoenix Suns and coach Alvin Gentry have parted ways is the best news Suns fans could have gotten. Not because Gentry is a bad coach -- he's done a capable job milking every last ounce of competitiveness from the Phoenix core some five years after Mike D'Antoni's departure -- but because it indicates that Suns management is finally getting realistic about its position in the Western Conference.