Jeff Hornacek Rumors
He had trouble with fans and teammates in Phoenix, and threw a towel at Coach Jeff Hornacek in frustration. But when the Wizards asked if he’d be worth the trouble, one of his biggest proponents, according to sources, was Hornacek, who was fired Feb. 1 by the Suns. The Wizards started Morris’ crash course by giving him a sheet with four or five plays, ones he could memorize quickly so that when he’s on the court with his new teammates, he won’t be quite as lost as he was in his first couple of games.
When he began coaching last season, it was Jeff Hornacek’s 2013-14 success as a rookie Suns coach that gave him inspiration and a model for how he would lead the Warriors. He said he even stole some of Hornacek’s plays for his playbook. “It’s just a jolt of NBA reality,” Kerr said of Hornacek’s Feb. 1 firing. “Every coach is sort of a victim of circumstance, good or bad. So much depends on the talent that you have and the support you have and the chemistry in your organization and your locker room. Unfortunately, it’s a really, really hard thing to discover or to create. I feel very lucky to have that here because I know it doesn’t exist in most places.”
“Honestly, I don’t give a f— how people look at it,” Morris said. “Like I said, Jeff was my guy from Day 1. Never had a problem with him even the so-said towel incident, never had a problem with him. Me and him always see eye to eye. We were just in a tough position.”
“For sure it was misperceived,” Morris said of the Dec. 23 towel incident that earned him a two-game suspension. “We go back and forth all the time. You go back and forth with players. Everything is high at the point we’re trying to figure it out. Nobody saw it, but I can see or look on TV and he says, ‘He threw a towel in a coach’s face.’ Like, where did he get that? Where did that come from? Guys just want to make you seem to be this type of person and make me seem to have a problem with Jeff: ‘Now that Jeff’s gone, I scored.’ That doesn’t have anything to do with it. I would say it just had something to do with coach (Watson) coming in and telling guys what it’s going to be and how it’s going to be.”