Suns Cut Ties with Jeff Hornacek
The Jeff Hornaceck era in Phoenix has officially ended. Adrian Wojarnowski broke the news at 12am Pacific time Monday morning.
The Phoenix Suns fired coach Jeff Hornacek, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 1, 2016
There was talk before the season started that this was his playoffs or bust year, and after a slew of injuries, Hornaceck never stood a chance.
After taking a team set to tank to 48 wins, Hornaceck was then given an almost entirely new dynamic his second year with the Suns. Isaiah Thomas was brought in for insurance if Bledsoe didn’t re-sign, which created and awkward but shortly effective three point guard lineup. This rubbed Goran Dragic the wrong way, who was then traded at the trade deadline last season. After a first year starting lineup of Dragic-Bledsoe-Tucker-Frye-Plumlee, Hornaceck had a lineup of Dragic-Bledsoe-Tucker-Markieff Morris-Plumlee to start the season that then evolved into Bledsoe-Tucker-Marcus Morris-Markieff Morris-Len. What was a spread pick and roll turned into three guys needing the ball to be effective, and then to a team with barely any spacing in the starting lineup.
Chemistry issues burned Hornaceck, and the team gave up on him. The writing was on the wall for him when both of his assistant coaches were let go in December.
The interim coach will be picked from the current assistant coaches on the staff.
Edit- David McGraw
Earl Watson was officially named the interim head coach late February 1st according to Mark Spears of Yahoo Sports. Watson preached hard play, as well as the Suns needing to be a family during his press conference on February 2nd. Watson will coach his first game against the Raptors later tonight.