Suns hire Jeff Hornacek as head coach

Jeff Hornacek will be taking over as head coach of the Phoenix Suns and will try to lead the team that drafted him out of the NBA’s basement.

The Suns announced the hire at a Tuesday morning news conference.  The franchise parted ways with Alvin Gentry in mid-January after four-and-a-half seasons as head coach. Gentry had a 13-28 record this season. Lindsey Hunter was named interim head coach for the remainder of the year but the team struggled with a 12-29 record, according to CBSsports.com.

Hornacek was drafted by the Suns and played the first six of his 14 years in the league with the team.  He was named to the 1992 All-Star Game as a member of the Suns but was traded that summer to Philadelphia for Charles Barkley.  He then was traded to the Utah Jazz where he found great success in the backcourt alongside John Stockton.

Hornacek talked about how his coaching style is heavily influenced by his former coaches Cotton Fitzsimmons and Jerry Sloan.

“Hopefully, I can take Jerry’s toughness, Cotton’s enthusiasm and confidence-building and blend them together, and become a great coach like some of the great coaches that have been here in the past,” reported the Associated Press.

Hornacek has his work cut out for him as this Suns team but he seems to be up to the challenge.

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