Retired Jazz shooting guard and current Jazz part-time assistant coach Jeff Hornacek, previously identified as a coaching candidate in Phoenix, has emerged as a candidate for the vacant head coaching position in Chicago as well.
As previously reported, ex-Jazz forward and current Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin like Hornacek, an ex-Suns player is also a candidate in both cities.
The suburban Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald reported Wednesday that Corbin had been "expected to visit for an interview" Wednesday, and the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that the Suns are "set to interview" Corbin on Friday.
The Chicago Tribune also reported Wednesday that Corbin, a former star at Chicago's DePaul University, was scheduled to interview "this week."
Both Chicago-area newspapers reported Wednesday that Hornacek will interview for the Bulls' job sometime this week, and the Republic reported Wednesday that he "will be interviewed this week by the Suns for a head- or assistant-coach job."
Hornacek has readily acknowledged interest in pursuing a full-time position in Phoenix, where he and his family reside.
"I played 14 years in the league, and it wasn't because of athletic ability," Hornacek, who has worked on-and-off with Jazz small forward Andrei Kirilenko on his shooting the past few years, told the Republic. "It's from knowing the game."
The Jazz would be willing to offer Hornacek a full-time assistant coaching position to keep him from leaving, Jazz owner Larry H. Miller told KSL-TV after his team was eliminated from postseason play with last Friday night's Game 6 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA Western Conference semifinal series.
Corbin, a four-year Jazz assistant who also interviewed last offseason for the then-vacant head coaching position in Seattle, and Hornacek are among more than a dozen supposed candidates for the two jobs.
So is ex-Jazz point guard and current ABC/ESPN NBA broadcast analyst Mark Jackson, who was the presumed front-runner in New York before losing out there to ex-Suns coach Mike D'Antoni.
The Suns also requested permission earlier this month to interview Phil Johnson, the longtime top assistant on Jerry Sloan's Jazz staff.
Other candidates in Phoenix reportedly include Houston assistant Elston Turner, Detroit assistant Terry Porter, San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, former NBA head coach Paul Silas, Suns assistant general manager Vinny Del Negro and Suns broadcast analyst Eddie Johnson.
Other reported candidates in Chicago, which lost out on D'Antoni to the Knicks, include ex-Minnesota coach Dwane Casey, Sacramento assistant Chuck Person, Denver assistant Mike Dunlap, Lakers assistants Kurt Rambis and Brian Shaw, Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau, Detroit assistant Michael Curry and Cleveland guard Eric Snow.Both teams appear to be in no hurry to make their hires.
SUMMER CAMPS: Jazz backup point guard and Utah Valley State product Ronnie Price will team with the NBA Development League's Jazz-affiliated Utah Flash for the Ronnie Price Camp, with daily sessions (10 a.m. until 3 p.m.) for 7th- through 12th-graders scheduled August 6-8 at Open Court in Lehi.
Cost is $150, including lunch.
A one-day session for campers in grades 3 through 6 is scheduled for Aug. 9. Cost is $30, also including lunch.
Flash coach Brad Jones, players, coaching staff will hold the Utah Flash Camp for players in grades 3 through 9 from June 16-20. Morning and afternoon sessions are planned.
Other programs are available, including a Utah Flash high-intensity camp and package deals for all three camps.For more information or to register, call (801) 434-4667 or (801) 768-4000.
HIBBERT THE MAN? According to Internet mock drafts updated after Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery, ESPN.com's Chad Ford, NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com all project the Jazz will take 7-foot-2 Georgetown center Roy Hibbert with their No. 23 overall first-round selection in the June 26 draft.
MILLSAP SURGERY: As previously reported, Jazz backup power forward Paul Millsap is scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
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