HoopsHype Jeff Hornacek rumors

June 11, 2013 Updates
June 6, 2013 Updates

And most of those prospects will have gone through workouts for general manager Ryan McDonough and head coach Jeff Hornacek at US Airways Center this week. Seven more prospects were in town Thursday, including Michigan guard Trey Burke, college basketball's National Player of the Year in 2012-13. While the six other players worked out together, Burke had an individual workout for Suns brass. "Coach Hornacek pushed me," Burke told the media following his session. "It's tougher working out by yourself than it is with a group, but it definitely went great." Arizona's Sports Page

May 30, 2013 Updates

New Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek always wanted to coach, but never thought that would happen in the NBA. "My goal was never to be a coach in the NBA," Hornacek said. "I always felt I would coach, but I thought that would be on the college level. I felt that what I'd learned over the years would be too much for high school, but the pro guys they already know everything so why would I do that?" Bright Side of the Sun

May 29, 2013 Updates

In Dudley's eyes, hiring Hornacek infuses the franchise with new energy, but also reaffirms a need to get back to team-first basketball. "I definitely believe [this hire is good for me]," said Dudley. "Not only me but the team, because when you get into the team concept we all do well. When you see the Spurs -- and I hate to use the Spurs because that's our rival -- but that's a team. They're successful for a reason. "Do they have stars? Yes. Are some of them aging? Yes, that happens. But from the role players, everyone has a job, everyone does their job." Arizona's Sports Page

May 28, 2013 Updates

In 2004, Hornacek, then 41 and four years removed from retiring as a player with the Utah Jazz and with zero coaching experience, was tabbed by Boston Celtics’ executive Danny Ainge as a candidate to coach the Celtics. The job ultimately went to Doc Rivers. The Celtics won a championship in 2008 and became one of the best teams of decade. Hornacek, meanwhile, stayed out of the league for three more years, watching his kids grow up. Salt Lake Tribune

“We are thrilled to introduce Jeff Hornacek as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Jeff has all of the qualities we were looking for in a head coach—he is a leader, a teacher and a student of the game. Jeff's name has been high on our list ever since my first interview with the Suns. His successes as a player and as an assistant coach, along with his deep ties to this franchise and this community, give us confidence that he will do great things as the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns.” NBA.com

May 26, 2013 Updates

Jeff Hornacek agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach and will sign the three-year contract by Monday morning. The Suns quickly acted after impressive interviews from Hornacek, the popular former Suns player who has been an assistant coach for Utah. He was interviewed in Charlotte for its head coaching job and Philadelphia also was interested in him. Cleveland was the first team to hire a coach this offseason when it brought back Mike Brown but the Suns were among six teams currently seeking a new coach with as many as three more expected to join that search. Arizona Republic

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