Owner: Alvin Gentry's job is safe

Updated: December 10, 2012, 6:25 PM ET
By Chris Broussard | ESPN.com

Things are going badly for the Phoenix Suns, but not badly enough for the team to consider making a coaching change.

A day after the Suns lost their seventh straight game to fall to 7-15, team owner Robert Sarver told ESPN.com that coach Alvin Gentry's job is safe.

"We've got confidence in our coaching staff and we're not considering making changes," Sarver said in a telephone interview Monday.

The Suns entered the season with playoff aspirations after an active summer that saw them sign Goran Dragic, Michael Beasley and Luis Scola as free agents. Instead, they're in 14th place in the Western Conference and in the midst of their longest losing streak since February 2004.

Still, Sarver is preaching patience.

"It's still early in the season," he said. "We're playing worse than our talent, and a lot of that has to do with confidence. It's up to the coaches and players to start playing better and to get that swagger back and turn things around. Things can turn quickly in this league."

Gentry has been the Suns' coach since taking over for Terry Porter late in the 2008-2009 season. He led the Suns to 54 wins and the Western Conference finals the following season, but has not reached the playoffs since.

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