NBA Rumors: Jeff Hornacek to replace Luke Walton as Warriors assistant coach

Rumors and speculations are now circulating the former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek who is said to be targeted by the Golden State Warriors to be their next assistant coach.

According to a report from ESPN, Jeff Hornacek is on the top of the list of the Golden State Warriors to replace Luke Walton as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant coach. The Warriors started their search for the next assistant coach after Walton was officially hired by the Los Angeles Lakers to replace Byron Scott as head coach.

The former Phoenix Suns coach is said to have a close relation with Kerr since they were both part of the Suns’ roster back in 1988. Kerr admitted that he mimic most of his coaching style from Hornacek wherein they let the players made certain adjustments than screaming or yelling all the time.

Jeff Hornacek became part of various team’s coaching search including for the New York Knicks. However, due to strong competition, his head coach position with the Knicks is not assured. Among the candidates for the Knicks’ coaching vacancy includes New York Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

There were speculations saying that Knicks President Phil Jackson has already picked the right person for the head coach vacancy so the tendency is for Hornacek to look for another NBA job.

Based on a previous report, former Utah Jazz center Jarron Collins was said to be the perfect replacement for Luke Walton as an assistant coach. Collins was reportedly being trained as the future successor of Steve Kerr as the next Warriors head coach.

However, if Kerr will be considering Jeff Hornacek for the lead assistant coach position, it would be best for Collins and the Warriors team to give way for him since he has more experience coaching in the league.

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