- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2011

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns have hired Elston Turner as a defensive specialist on coach Alvin Gentry’s staff.

The move was announced Thursday.

The 52-year-old Turner has spent the past six seasons as lead assistant to coach Rick Adelman, the last four years in Houston and two in Sacramento. In all, Turner has 14 years experience as an NBA assistant, beginning with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1996.

Turner played eight seasons in the NBA with Dallas, Denver and Chicago. He will work to improve a Suns team that ranked 25th in the NBA last season in opponents’ field goal percentage.