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Phoenix Suns name Jay Triano interim head coach

Phoenix Suns name Jay Triano interim head coach
Published On: Mon, Oct 23
Jan 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks with guard Sasha Vujacic (18) during the second quarter against the Phoenix Sun at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns have reportedly parted ways with head coach Earl Watson just three games into the 2017-18 NBA season.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns will name associate head coach Jay Triano to replace Watson as the team's interim head coach. Here are three things you should know about the 59-year-old Triano.

1. He has more head coaching experience than Earl Watson does.

This won't be Triano's first NBA head coaching gig. He was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors for three seasons, beginning when he took over as the team's interim head coach in 2008 following the firing of Sam Mitchell. He went 25-40 in the 2008-09 season and 40-42 in 2009-10, his first full season as head coach. He was let go after the Raptors went 22-60 in 2010-11.

So, Triano has 229 games of NBA head coaching experience under his belt, nearly double the 118 games Watson has (all in Phoenix).

2. He's Canadian.

Triano didn't just coach a Canadian team; he happens to be from the Great White North. A native of Tillsonburg, Ontario, Triano went on to play and later coach basketball at Simon Fraser University near Vancouver, and he's the current head coach of Canada's men's national basketball team.

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