Utah Jazz: Jeff Hornacek enjoys coaching despite missing family

Published: Tuesday, April 26 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

"If you don't want to know," he said, "you better not ask."

Added Millsap: "But that's what you need."

Despite time commitments and not seeing his family, Hornacek enjoyed being around basketball on a daily basis the last couple of months. He even got used to his new responsibilities of breaking down film, preparing opponents' scouting reports, attending coaches' meetings and all the travel. And he enjoys analyzing the game.

Hornacek wants to return to the Jazz as Corbin's assistant next season. His sons, Tyler and Ryan, have moved out of the house, and his youngest child, daughter Abigale, is a junior in high school.

"It's tough," he said, recalling how he only saw his family on two Sundays during mid-February and the end of the season. "But they understand."

Hornacek was brought in and interviewed by the head-coach-seeking Chicago Bulls a few years ago, but the situation wasn't right at that point for either side. Though Hornacek won't be able to follow Abigale's volleyball career as closely, he feels this is the right time to pursue his natural path to coaching (following in his father's footsteps).

"I always thought I would coach at some point," he said. "It was just a matter of when the family gets out of the house."

Hornacek admitted he didn't love the circumstances that opened up this opportunity for him, with his old coaches leaving, but he tried to make the best of it in a post-Sloan Jazz world.

"It's just great to be involved again. Now I feel like I can spend the time," he said. "When you've got a family and three kids, you're going, 'OK, how can I really feel like I can pull my full efforts into it if I'm trying to run out and see the kids' games or something like that.'

"When I do it, I want to be able to put that full effort in there. It's a little easier now that I only have one at home."

Until the NBA's labor situation is resolved, however, Hornacek won't know his future employment status. His current contract with the Jazz ends on June 30, but he hopes that gets extended eventually.

"I like this group of guys. Ty's a great guy, and Scottie," Hornacek said. "With all of the stuff that's happened, (you want) to be part of a turnaround."

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