Tayshaun Prince smiled when asked about Lindsey Hunter.

The former Piston was named interim coach of the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, and Prince recalled the vital role Hunter played in 2004 when the Pistons won their last NBA title.

The move was surprising because Hunter has no coaching experience. He was promoted from the team's player development area. But Prince said Hunter, whom he called a "player-coach" when he played, has what it takes to succeed.

"Obviously taking over a team that's been struggling is going to be difficult," Prince said after the Pistons' victory over the Celtics Sunday. "I'm definitely anxious and excited to see it because I know what type of guy Lindsey is, so I want to see how his plan (works)."

Hunter takes over a team that has lost 13 of 15 games and is 13-28 overall. He replaces former Pistons coach Alvin Gentry.

Hunter impressed the Orlando Magic this summer when he interviewed for the head coaching job there, and the Pistons hold him in high regard.

Prince recalled Hunter's vocal leadership during the title season when coach Larry Brown would seek his counsel.

"He always spoke his mind, especially when Larry Brown was our coach," Prince said. "Coach would always ask Lindsey ... whether Coach Brown thought it was the right idea or the wrong idea, he just wanted to hear it from his perspective because Lindsey got so much knowledge. He played the game that long and had been through so many things."