The Phoenix Suns have just fired head coach . Hornacek was the last straw to fall for a team that had already tried to clean house in a number of ways and frankly, it seems so meaningless. He is now the fourth head coach to lose their job since the start of this season, following (Houston Rockets), (Brooklyn Nets), and David Blatt (Cleveland Cavaliers). This news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
The Phoenix Suns fired coach Jeff Hornacek, league sources tell The Vertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 1, 2016
And from the NBA.com staff report:
The Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek following Sunday's 91-78 loss to Dallas, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
It was Phoenix's 19th defeat in 21 games, a nosedive that cost two assistant coaches their jobs shortly after Christmas.
"We're going to try to get things changed around," Hornaceck said at the time. "We're not quitting on anything. We're just going to continue to work and try to implement a couple of different things and see if we can get it going. Whatever happens after that, you can't get concerned about that."
But Hornacek lasted little more than a month after the assistants' dismissals, ending his Suns tenure at 101-112 in two-plus seasons.
Hornacek's stint with the Suns, for whom he played from 1986 to 1992, started well enough with a 48-34 season in 2013-14. But they fell to 39 victories last season, and at 14-35 are on pace to finish with their worst record since they joined the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1968-69.
They have the NBA's worst record since Dec. 20, ranking last in offensive rating (96.3 points per 100 possessions), defensive rating (111.0/100) and point differential (minus 14.7/100) over that span. The swoon was compounded by the loss of leading scorer, who is out for the season with a torn meniscus.
It was not immediately clear who will succeed Hornacek. The Suns promoted longtime NBA guardand former Developmental League coach Nate Bjorkgren to fill its bench vacancies in December.
Personally I don't enjoy seeing someone lose their job like this. Is it Horny's fault that his team isn't playing up to their expectations? Was Hornacek wrong for over-achieving a few seasons ago? I don't think he picks which players get injured either. It's a bad situation. So the head coach Hornacek follows his top two assistants (Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting) out the door, a little over a month after they left.
Phoenix is not looking good right now. That franchise isn't impressive at all, and I don't know why a player would want to get involved in that mess right now. But that's just like, my opinion, man.
I don't know what's next for Horny. But I wouldn't mind seeing him back in Utah as an assistant as soon as possible. I just don't know if that's the trajectory he wants his career to be on. I know he could coach college (or high school) in a heart beat if he wanted to. He may do exactly that. As for the Suns, mean, they are 9-20 in the conference and will be looking at ping pong balls during the stretch run of this season again.
I feel for their fans. But I don't think fans of other teams felt for us when we were going through our doldrums . . .