Suns fire Hornacek, bring in Watson

The Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek and replaced him with one of his assistants, Earl Watson.

The decision to sack Hornacek came after the Suns’ 91-78 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

The loss to the Mavericks was the Suns’ 14 consecutive defeat away from home and it leaves them with just 14 wins from 49 games this season. This run sees them tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second-worst record in the Western Conference. Only the Los Angeles Lakers have a worse record in the Western Conference. The Lakers have won just nine of their 50 games thus far. 

Hornacek has not had an easy season as the Suns sacked his top two assistants in late December before he lost point guard Eric Bledsoe for the remainder of the season after he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

In addition, Hornacek and power forward Markieff Morris have had a frosty relationship ever since Morris’ brother Marcus was traded to the Detroit Pistons in July last year.

During his two-and-a-half seasons with the Suns, Hornacek was unable to lead the team to the playoffs, but he did come second in NBA Coach of the Year voting in his first season in 2013/14 as he accumulated a record of 48-34 after the Suns endured a disastrous 2012/13 season, which saw them finish with a 25-57 record.