Kevin Johnson Rumors

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Hornacek doesn’t have any coaching experience in a big market — three years in Utah as assistant and 2½ seasons as Suns head coach, failing to make the playoffs even after winning 48 games his rookie year. It was good enough for Jackson, after his five-week coaching search ended last week by offering Hornacek the job. “Jeff is someone who understands what it means to play on the biggest stage in New York but won’t be fazed by the bright lights and the pressure of the biggest media market,” Johnson told The Post. “There is nothing bigger than the NBA Finals against Michael Jordan, and Jeff played a key role in those series twice. That experience is invaluable for this job.”
With the Knicks’ weakness being the backcourt, Jackson hopes Hornacek can influence his young point guards Jerian Grant and Tony Wroten. Johnson said he thinks the Zen Master has the right guy. “There is no doubt in my mind that Jeff will be an excellent coach for point guards,” Johnson said. “Although he played shooting guard, Jeff always understood the game like a point guard. I saw that firsthand. When I went to Phoenix, the two of us were almost immediately in sync. It doesn’t hurt that Jeff was in the same backcourt with [point guard] John Stockton for years.”
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It was from Feb. 26, 1997, the first matchup between the guards. Johnson, at age 30, scored 36 points with eight assists and two steals as the Suns won, 111-104, at America West Arena. Iverson, a rookie, finished with just 8 points on 3-for-15 shooting and said he cried after the game. “When I was a rookie, you know what you did to me?” Iverson said to Johnson, now the mayor of Sacramento. “You know what you did. And I remember Maurice Cheeks was our coach, and he said — you know, because I was crying. Honestly. That was the only time somebody destroyed me like that. And Maurice Cheeks told me, don’t worry about it, AI, one day you’ll get somebody. Y’all go back and look at it, and that’s what he did to me. He killed me.”