HoopsHype Jeff Hornacek rumors

May 8, 2014 Updates

How is your relationship with Jeff Hornacek? Goran Dragic: Very special relationship. We spend a lot of time together. A couple of times he came to our house for lunch. One day he even babysat my son Mateo, which is a bit unusual [laughs]. I was really surprised about that one. We developed a relationship based on friendship. We hang out a lot. When it's time for practice, of course we're professional about our roles as player and coach. But after practice we were friends. Kosarka.si

April 23, 2014 Updates
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"I think that's the biggest takeaway for our team is that these guys competed, coming in here and having a team that was only supposed to win 19 games," Hornacek said. "What we wanted to do is get them to play hard and play together as a team, and then we'll build from there. So we've accomplished that." ESPN.com

April 13, 2014 Updates

Dragic said he played at 35-40 percent on the left ankle that he sprained Wednesday and kept him out Friday at San Antonio. "It's tough," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We told them that all we can do is try to win these last two games and maybe something happens. It's probably not likely but you never know. Our guys are pretty down. They had two great efforts these last two games. "That's how we've been all year with ups and downs and runs. It's a tough way to lose these two games. To their credit, they battled every minute of both games." Arizona Republic

March 31, 2014 Updates

For the seventh time this month, the Suns gave up at least 50 points in the paint by allowing 56 to a team averaging 40.8. "I don't know if we had a single guy who came with the energy that they usually have," Hornacek said. "It's too late in the season to talk about lessons because we've had games like this before where they think they're just going to show up and win a game. We're not good enough to do that. These guys have been winning games lately because they've been focused in but tonight they just weren't focused in." Arizona Republic

March 27, 2014 Updates

Another first-year coach we've all heard of around here, former Cyclones star Jeff Hornacek, is getting $2 million from the Phoenix Suns. Des Moines Register

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Suns guard Eric Bledsoe still has a plan to make his return Wednesday night at home against Cleveland but he could move it to Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s up to him,” Coach Jeff Hornacek said. “(Head athletic trainer) Aaron (Nelson) and those guys have done all the conditioning and training that he needs to do. When he feels comfortable with going and feel like he’s ready to go, he’ll go. Wednesday is kind of that target day. Arizona Republic

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“I feel like he should be coach of the year,” McDonough said. “Given all the negativity that surrounded the team last year and the extremely low expectations that we had placed on us coming into this year, I don’t think you can that anybody in the league has done a better job than Jeff has. He put in offensive and defensive systems that are very good and allow new players to figure it out pretty quickly and use guys interchangeably. That’s really tough to do. That can sometimes takes years. The fact that he was able to do it in a couple of months is extremely impressive.” SB Nation

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December 28, 2013 Updates

Because Dragic had pushed so hard during the Eurobasket tournament last summer in which he starred for host Slovenia, he was told by Hornacek in training camp that he wouldn't take part in most practices as a way to fight the building fatigue. New coach, new backcourt mate, and very little shared court time to work on the early chemistry. Matters were made even worse for the Suns' new core when the regular season rolled around, as Dragic sprained his left ankle early on and missed three games. "I was talking with Jeff, and he told me, 'Look, I know that you're in great shape, and I know that you're tired, so we're just going to sit you down a little bit (in camp); you're going to just do some walk-throughs with us so you can see the new plays, but most of the practices with us, you're going to be on the sidelines and just trying to get your body right until the beginning of the season,' " Dragic told USA TODAY Sports. "Jeff is a great coach and a great coach for the young players. He teaches a lot. And I think from the first day on, we had great communication between me and him." USA Today Sports

"Last year was a really tough year for us, even for me," Dragic said. "We didn't win a lot of games, and most of the guys were not — how you say — happy. You didn't see smiles on our faces. But this year, I think (Hornacek) changed that. Everybody is on the same page, and everybody wants to come to practice. "We have a great chemistry. It's so much fun because all the media and all the people before the season they thought we'd win 14 or 15 games, and so far we already win 14. It just gives you great pleasure to be here and every night play hard." USA Today Sports

November 30, 2013 Updates

Hornacek has mentioned how the off-court decisions were the unexpected part of being a head coach but there has been one in-game aspect that he also did not anticipate. “It’s been surprising how many plays you have to call during timeouts,” Hornacek said. “You think there’s not that many times that you’re going to actually have to call a play, draw something up and do something different. But in the game today, there are so many time outs and in the quarters, you end up drawing up a lot more little wrinkles and stuff like that. I’m learning on the job.” Arizona Republic

“When you play, you learn stuff from coaches,” Hornacek said. “With Jerry (Sloan) and the teams we had, the details you have to do to get to that level — the execution, the reads you have to make. Going through that and being professional every day and not just coming out and thinking you’re going to show up and win games. You try to stress those things to these young guys. “The biggest thing is not get frustrated with the guys. We’re a relatively inexperienced team. We have good stretches and we have bad stretches. During those bad stretches, I try to stay calm and not get frustrated with them.” Arizona Republic

November 24, 2013 Updates

Scouts and opponents are raving about how hard players are playing for new Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek. The Suns, expected to be competing for the No. 1 overall pick, are a respectable 6-6, snapping a four-game losing streak on Friday night. Boston Globe

October 13, 2013 Updates

In one summer, the skies parted and shined on Brown, who is glowing during this preseason like none other in his career. It started when new Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough and new coach Jeff Hornacek offered him a clean slate and did not cut him when only half of his $3.5 million salary was guaranteed. It continued when his wife Monica gave birth Sept. 3 to Laiyah, their first child together. “This is really like the first year where I’ve been having fun from the very, very beginning,” Brown said. “A lot of it has to do with maturity. Expectations for myself and the team. Not really expecting anything but going out and seizing every day. I’m having a great time with great teammates and great coaches. It’s just a better vibe around here.” Arizona Republic

August 2, 2013 Updates

Here's where I really tried to pin Jeff down. My lead in was that last season there were five teams (Denver, Houston, OKC, SA and Miami) that scored at least 102.9 points per game. Given that, I asked for a one word response on whether the Suns scoring average for the 2013-14 season would be higher or lower than 102.9 points per game... Coach Hornacek's one word reply: "What did we average last year? (It was 95.2 by the way) Over 102.9, we would hope we can get there. If we can get there I think that's a good start for us in our first year. So, hopefully, I would say yes." Bright Side of the Sun

July 10, 2013 Updates

“It’s always helpful; the more experience you get, the better,” Hornacek said. “As a player, you remember all of those (game) situations. It’s a little different coaching because you can’t control something out there. So, you’ve got to do it with a timeout and draw up a play or something like that. “But that stuff, as we go on, will get easier and easier.” At least Hornacek has experience on an NBA bench beyond his playing days. Another former Suns guard, Jason Kidd, went from a 40-year-old retired point guard one instant to the 40-year-old rookie coach of the Brooklyn Nets the next instant. He hasn’t even been an assistant coach. Arizona Republic

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