Friday , Mar , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix promotes D’Antoni

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns promoted reigning NBA
Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni to the position of executive vice president
of basketball operations and general manager. D’Antoni will also continue his
role of head coach for the Suns.

“We are truly fortunate to have one of the most respected and successful
coaches leading our organization,” said Suns managing partner Robert Sarver.
“Mike has been an integral part of our success and has been involved in all
decision making. He will now lead our basketball operations, supported by the
extensive talents within his department.”

Phoenix also announced that David Griffin was promoted to vice president of
basketball operations and Mark West was promoted to vice president of player
programs.

D’Antoni guided the Suns to a 33-win turnaround in 2004-05, as the club went
from 29 wins to the league’s best record at 62-20. It marked the third-best
improvement in NBA history.

PHO