Utah Jazz: Jeff Hornacek enjoys coaching despite missing family

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  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 29, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Iowas Jazz fan: says the players are happy with Hornacek as a shooting coach, you think the Jazz players are happy you should see the players in the rest of the league.

    They are now offering to pay Hornaceks salary, in fact the Heat called and were wondering if he could stop by Boston and give them some quick tips.

    Ah,the friendship, the good feeling, the loyalty....the lack of rings

    The comments about Korver being a free agent vs leaving the Jazz are inaccurate in that Korver was never going to be asked back by the Jazz. He had disappeared in every Jazz playoff game, never made a basket of merit or when it counted.

    However Dwill did several times and he should not be criticized as Dwrist. The Jazz just like any team in the league would love to have Deron on their team.

    The same cannot be said for CJ, I like the guy but his numbers are abysmal. The team needs to move ahead by sending away he and Fes type projects.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    April 28, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    @Captain L

    CJMiles has good reason to be insecure, the writing is on the wall for his hero, Hayward is the 2 guard starting next year. You can't win with a starter who plays well every 3rd or 4th game and terrible the rest. Also Haywards defense is coming on strong and could end up being a lock down defender.

    I still see Miles as being of value to the Jazz coming off the bench and putting in 15-20 minutes a game. Same with AK47.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    The only person who wants CJ taking three-pointers instead of slashing to the basket is CJ himself. He's one of the best finishers at the rim in the league now that he's stronger, but...

    Hayward listened to Hornacek and his shooting %'s soared, CJ didn't and his declined from the already putrid numbers they were at. Agreed, let's see how Hayward does once teams start planning for him.

    About a month ago I saw Hornacek and what looked to be his two sons at a movie theatre/pub in town, seemed like very polite young men, good for Jeff & his wife.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    April 28, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Hornacek is the best at shooting and knows the system....Word today is that Sloan is thinking of coaching the Golden State Warriors...Would Hornacek leave and go there?

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 28, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    The Jazz players (as the article reports) may respect Hornacek and think he is helping them improve their shot, but after all what do they know? They haven't checked with Doug10 to see how wrong they are.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 28, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    I hope the Jazz don't resign CJ. I hope they let him walk and go to a team that wants to use CJ as a slasher/finisher. Get him off the 3 point line and attacking the basket. I will be a waste of a year for CJ is the Jazz keep him.

    As for Hayward, lets see how he plays next year before I jump on his bandwagon.

  • huggyface Murray, UT
    April 28, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    What's B-Russ doing nowadays?

    I thought he was still waiting at the court for MJ to show up to play 1-on-1?

    I also heard he was taking bids for methods of revenge against Dick Bavetta.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 28, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    @CJ Miles

    i'll ask you the same question but...what has CJ done?...for the past 6 years?...Nothing? yeah i thought so too....

  • Tyler Holladay, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:03 a.m.


    Not sure about Brooks, but I know Thibs was praised before he was even given a job. I know I wish we could pick him up, except for we had Sloan. That didn't last much longer though...

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    April 27, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    Hornaceks a good guy....the coaching staff should include more of these members of the Jazz team that reached the finals. What's B-Russ doing nowadays?
    Why are people leaning towards CJ coming back? He had career lows in a lot of stuff (FG, 3P). He'll be very lucky to come back....very lucky.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    This is a make or break contract year for CJ, I'm sure he'll have a big year a la Boozer previously.

    Knicks fans would've been happy if Scotty had done nothing except hold a clipboard, although considering what Dolan & Isiah did after him, he was Red Auerbach by comparison.

    Everything the next 2-3 seasons needs to be focused on developing Favors, Hayward & the lotto picks, if the Jazz want to compete seriously for a title before 2020. Forget about trying to sneak into the 8 seed.

    Al, Sap & Harris are good players with reasonable contracts, Evans is a nice cheap role player, CJ & Fes are young & still have slight potential esp now that No Rings & DWrist are gone. The "veterans" scarcely merit mentioning.

    Who knows about Corbin, who thought Thibs & Scotty Brooks would be this good? Give him a full off-season and training camp.

    But it's all about getting lucky with #6 & #12 and forging them into a core with #3 & #9, be nice if Al, Sap & Harris can adapt to them. Anything else is just eyewash with no bearing on winning a title.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 27, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    I am well pleased at what we've seen from Hayward the last several months of this his rookie year. I am very encouraged at his future with the Jazz. I would like to see Hayward tudor CJ a little and help him to tap into his enormous potentual more. Maybe he could school him on mental toughness and how to kick it in gear.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    April 27, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    CJMiles: Your showing your insecurity again by trying to slam on Hayward. Hayward showed alot of good things the last month and let's hope he continues to improve. CJ has this one more year to prove he can be consistent. If he can become consistent the Jazz will be alot better team. Favors should improve, Hayward and Evans should continue to improve and if any of the rookies can contribute the Jazz should be improved. I hope CJ will watch film and realize what he needs to do to become consistent, he has plenty of talent, he needs to learn how to use it better.
    If Hayward continues to improve, I see him starting at the 2. Hopefully Favors improves enough to force Corbin to start him. We need his defense.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    April 27, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    CJ Miles....Phil Johnson won coach of the year all Laydon did was drive the Knicks into a big hole.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 27, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    Richie......He does the same thing Phil Johnson did while on the bench. Nothing.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    April 27, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    I know what Hornacek's role is but what does Laydon do besides carry a clipboard around?

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    April 27, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Coaching from Jeff Hornacek can only help the Jazz, no question. The ongoing problem with teams like the Jazz is they are only foiles for the top teams in the league. I see no short term turn around here. By looking at the league elite teams anyone should realize this fact. What we need is realistic streams of rhetoric from the media, and us as fans. Certainly we need to be positive, and not negative; however small market teams can only do so much to maintain some continuity. The big market teams feast off of smaller market teams and grab their better players when their contracts either run out, or before, as in the Jazz's Deron Williams' case (self protection). Enjoy the team. This league right now, along with the NFL is in a serious dispute with owners and players grappling for the money pot. There is far two much at stake and cities housing these teams are being squeezed to sponsor areanas, and to put pressure on the local government officials to cough up money for new arenas and stadiums to cater to the elites and people with the money to pay the exorbitant ticket prices.

    Go Jazz.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Hornacek was so much better of an overall player than career 7th man Korver, it's absurd to discuss it further.

    The Jazz were spiraling down the drain long before No Rings & DWrist left.

    There have been maybe 15 impact rookies in history and you know all their names, none of which are John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins or Kobe Bryant. Hayward showed enormous improvement the last two months of the season (led the NBA, not just the Jazz, in 3fg% since Feb 1st) once Hornacek started coaching full-time and No Rings & DWrist left. Unfair to judge a rookie by any other standard.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    April 27, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    Strange. All of the players and all of the management praise Horny's shooting coach skills. Ak improved; Hayward improved dramatically. But Doug 10 rags on Horny, every day. I wonder who knows most about coaching.

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    April 27, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure the Jazz did not trade Korver. He was a free agent that signed elswhere. That is a problem the Jazz have always had. Free agents do not want to come to Utah and current players jump ship when given the chance. Let's hope this team comes together next year, at least one of the 2 1st round picks turns into a player (2 guard anyone). and the Jazz make a run. There is no argueing they have the talent. They are very young and should only get better.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 27, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Hayward Hayward Hayward......He has proven nothing. He put up a few good stats in meaningless games. Now he is the next Hornacek. Funny stuff......

  • BWT American Fork, UT
    April 27, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Hey Spotshooter: Yes, Korver is a shooter, but was not a new Hornacek not even close. However, Hayward will be the new and next Hornacek.

  • 3for5spotshooter Sun Valley, Idaho
    April 27, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    the Jazz had a shooter to stretch the floor....

    His name is Korver...

    And they traded him...

  • 3for5spotshooter Sun Valley, Idaho
    April 27, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    One more thing...

    When your astute trading lands you out of the playoffs...

    And your traded assets are still playing in the playoffs...

    You trade the GM....

  • 3for5spotshooter Sun Valley, Idaho
    April 27, 2011 8:56 a.m.


    The Jazz had a "new Hornacek...."

    His name was Korver...

    And they traded him...


  • DEW Sandy, UT
    April 27, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    Jeff is a family guy and fun to watch. Great teacher and easy to get along.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 27, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Hornacek can teach shooting like Pavorotti can teach me to be an opera singer.

    Flat out he can't.

    Jazz shooters are feared by nobody in the league. Prior to the Jazz Bell could hit something, add to his name Price who has been here under Honaceks tutledge for years, as has Fes as has CJ.

    The Jazz need to hire a somedbody who can teach shooting, Hornacek has proven incapable of that.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    April 27, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    I hope Jeff stays as an assistant. Jeremy, CJ and a rookie guard (especially if Burks) will all need help next year, as well as ongoing help to Gordon. Favors is going to need to develop some as a jump shooter, as Malone did. I like what was mentioned about the importance of spacing. Players need to learn this or they will never be consistent, productive shooters.