Today, the Phoenix Suns organisation have announced that they have parted ways with head coach Jeff Hornacek. This decision follows the Suns 14-35 start to the season and current 2-19 run. The team announced the news the day after a 91-78 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Suns have issued this statement. “The Phoenix Suns have relieved Jeff Hornacek of his duties as head coach following his two-plus season’s in the position.”
The Suns have confirmed they will have an interim head coach by Tuesday.
This news comes as no shock, as the Suns have been struggling since the start of the season. But the real question I have is, How did thing’s go down hill so fast?
In Hornacek’s first two season’s with the Suns, the team went 48-34 followed by a 39-43 the season after. Two solid, not perfect but still solid year’s put together by coach Hornacek. But just three month’s into Hornacek’s third season in charge the team find’s it self 13th in the western conference, Hornacek’s day’s were numbered.
Everything seemed to go wrong
When Guard Eric Bledsoe went down with a season ending injury, it seemed to take the Suns season with it. The team lost it’s competitive spark. The off-season addition of veteran Tyson Chandler didn’t quite work out as Hornacek and the Suns hoped it would. Then there’s the young Suns, rookie guard Devin Booker is slowly finding his feet in the NBA, but not quite fast enough to save Hornacek’s job.
Jeff Hornacek’s task seemed impossible from season’s beginnings, and it’s proven to be as such. All I know is whoever takes over full time as Sun’s head coach, they have a very large task on their hands, and potentially one of the biggest rebuilding jobs in the entire NBA coming very soon.
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