Phoenix Suns connect with their past by hiring former Jazz player, assistant Jeff Hornacek
Hornacek has a home in Phoenix but McDonough said the new coach's abilities, and not the fact that he had such strong ties to the Suns, were the reason he was hired.
"That was a bonus," McDonough said.
Hornacek replaces Lindsey Hunter, who became interim coach after Alvin Gentry and the team parted ways in mid-January.
Hornacek was drafted in the second round by Phoenix in 1986, the 46th selection overall. He eventually became part of a high-scoring backcourt with point guard Kevin Johnson, but he was sent to Philadelphia in the Barkley trade.
Hornacek spent less than two years with the 76ers before being traded to Utah, where he played alongside Stockton for six-plus seasons, helping the team twice reach the NBA Finals.
He averaged 14.5 points, topped by a career-best 20.1 points in 1992, his final season with Phoenix. He retired in 2000, and after working with the Jazz in various roles, he became a full-time assistant coach in 2011.
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