Phoenix Suns fire head coach Jeff Hornacek

Feb 1, 2016, 4:30 AM | Updated: 11:50 am
Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek calls a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game ...

Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek calls a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek has been fired upon returning home from a 91-78 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Suns lost the final game of a four-game road trip Sunday night in Dallas where they scored nine points in the fourth quarter, all by Markieff Morris.

On the season they are 14-35, just 4-22 on the road. They have lost 19 of their last 21.

Wojnarowski reports that either Corey Gaines or Earl Watson will take over as the interim head coach.

The Suns’ season hit multiple new lows that has included a home loss to the 6-39 Philadelphia 76ers and blowout losses against the 9-37 Los Angeles Lakers and the 14-32 Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hornacek had an option for next season that the Suns could have picked up in the offseason, but they declined to do so.

In the summer of 2013, new general manager Ryan McDonough was brought in by the organization and Hornacek was hired three weeks later.

With a team that many expected to falter and land the Suns a top-three draft pick, the Suns thrived in the 2013-14 season to 48 wins, narrowly missing out on a playoff spot. Hornacek was the runner-up for the Coach of the Year award and was awarded the Coach of the Month award in December 2013.

The following season with much higher expectations, the Suns won only 39 games. In Feb. of 2014, the Suns traded Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas and later that summer would also trade Marcus Morris.

A new backcourt and the big free agent signing of Tyson Chandler had the Suns looking to once again be in the playoff race, but the Suns have flat-lined in the 2015-16 season.

The product for that record has come from a tumultuous record in the months of December and January. The team had a stretch during that period when they went 1-15.

In December, the Suns appeared to have benched Markieff Morris, who did not play for five games. Four games after returning to the rotation, Morris was suspended for two games after throwing a towel at Hornacek.

Eric Bledsoe was ruled out for the rest of the season after a meniscus injury on Dec. 26.

Hornacek went 101-112 in his three years with the Suns. He is the third coach to be fired this season, joining Houston’s Kevin McHale and Cleveland’s Dave Blatt. Two of his assistants were let go in late December.

Tuesday, the Suns start a seven-game homestand that keeps them in Phoenix until after the All-Star break. They will play only one road game in February — the 22nd in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Penguin Air

Most Popular

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Ind...
Arizona Sports

The 5: Cardinals NFL Combine 40-yard dash stars drafted by Steve Keim

From Rondale Moore to John Brown, here are five notable NFL Draft Combine stars the Arizona Cardinals ended up selecting under GM Steve Keim.
2 months ago
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim joins The Doug & Wolf Show for an interview on 98....
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim’s history of NFL Draft-day trades

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim hasn't been afraid to deal during the NFL Draft, making trades during seven of nine drafts.
2 months ago
Zaven Collins #25 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after recovering an onside kick during the fourth...
Arizona Sports

The 5: Arizona Cardinals’ most recent Monday Night Football matchups

A look at the Arizona Cardinals' five most recent MNF appearances ahead of the Wild Card clash vs. the Los Angeles Rams.
5 months ago
Follow @kzimmermanaz...
Kevin Zimmerman

The 5: Arizona teams’ most notable Christmas games

The Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns have played in their fair share of Christmas games. Many have been significant for varying reasons.
6 months ago
Jordan McCloud #4 of the Arizona Wildcats runs with the ball against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Sta...
Arizona Sports

Wildcats start McCloud at QB, fall on the road to No. 3 Oregon

The Arizona Wildcats started their third QB of the season in Jordan McCloud as they lost 41-19 on the road against No. 3 Oregon.
9 months ago
Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks looks on during the game against the Seattle ...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks extend manager Torey Lovullo through 2022

Amid a season of cellar-dwelling in the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks made the decision to extend manager Torey Lovullo through the 2022 season.
9 months ago
Phoenix Suns fire head coach Jeff Hornacek