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Porter, who played in the NBA for 17 seasons, was an assistant with the Detroit Pistons when he was hired by the Suns, and the intention was for him to bring the Pistons' defense-oriented, slower playing style with him.
That plan was jettisoned after it became apparent the Suns' personnel was not suited to the slowdown game.
The promotion of Gentry means the Suns will be even more committed to a fast-paced game.
Phoenix (28-23) lost five of eight going into the All-Star break. The Suns trail Utah by one game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Earlier Sunday, Porter told The Associated Press he hadn't heard anything from his bosses.
"I know they're meeting tonight," he said. "They're reviewing the whole system."
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