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Suns GM regrets not interviewing anyone else other than Earl Watson

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The Phoenix Suns probably wouldn’t have found themselves in the predicament they are now if the team’s top management pulled the right levers in setting up the makeup of the squad, including the choice of its coach.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough can’t help but acknowledge that indeed, he practiced poor judgment on not granting interviews to other applicants besides Earl Watson for the Suns’ coaching job last year. In an appearance on 98.7 FM’s “Burns & Gambo” show, McDonough expressed regret over making such a hasty decision, per Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports.

“As far as the procedure goes and the process goes, yes, I think we probably should have gone through a more extensive interview process,” McDonough said Wednesday. “Some people said that at the time. Robert and I take and accept that criticism, and I think we’ll learn from that going forward.”

Watson was fired earlier this week after the Suns fell to 0-3 in their first three games of the season. He was replaced by his assistant; Jay Triano, and it seems like the coaching change is working wonders for the Suns, who are now 2-0 since Triano took over as the interim head coach.

The Suns eye to get to .500 and keep their undefeated slate under Triano when they pay the Portland Trail Blazers a visit this Saturday