Jeff Hornacek fired by Phoenix Suns


The Phoenix Suns fire head coach Jeff Hornacek following Sunday’s loss to the Mavericks.Tony Gutierrez/AP

The Phoenix Suns fire head coach Jeff Hornacek following Sunday’s loss to the Mavericks.

The Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek in the midst of a horrid stretch for Phoenix.

Hornacek — an ex-Suns guard who finished second in Coach of the Year balloting in 2013-14, his rookie season — took the fall for a Phoenix team that has lost 19 of 21 games and 14 straight on the road. Yahoo! Sports first reported Hornacek’s ouster.

The Suns were unexpectedly frisky in Hornacek’s rookie year as a coach, using a guard-heavy rotation to fuel a 48-34 season that saw them miss the playoffs by a single game. But that would be the high point under Hornacek, as the team was dismantled in 2014-15 — key players Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were traded — and the team struggled to find its footing in 2015-16 amid Eric Bledsoe’s season-ending knee injury and Markieff Morris general unhappiness following the offseason trade of his twin brother.

Hornacek is the fourth coach to be fired this season; Kevin McHale (Rockets), Lionel Hollins (Nets) and David Blatt (Cavaliers) were also canned. Phoenix is currently 14-35.



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