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Utah Jazz: Jeff Hornacek introduced as new Suns coach
NBA » Jazz assistant’s strength of working with young players should mesh well with Suns.


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Hayward, in particular, spoke often of the benefit of having Hornacek around and the two were close.

"Having a great shooter like that work with me helped a lot — not just with mechanics, but with my confidence," he said earlier this season.

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Jeff Hornacek file

Age » 50

As a player » Named NBA All-Star in 1992. ... Shot 49.6 percent from the field in 14 NBA seasons, including 40.3 percent from 3. ... Played for Suns, 76ers and Jazz. ... Appeared in 477 games with the Jazz from 1993 to 2000. ... Number retired by Jazz on Nov. 19, 2002.

As a coach » Joined Jazz as special assistant in 2007. ... Hired as full-time assistant in February 2011. ... Previously a candidate for head coaching openings in Boston, Orlando, Philadelphia and Charlotte.

Jerry Sloan coaching tree

Four current NBA head coaches who have played for Jerry Sloan:

Jeff Hornacek » Phoenix Suns

Tyrone Corbin » Utah Jazz

Jacque Vaughn » Orlando Magic

Mark Jackson » Golden State Warriors

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Aware that the chances of leaving Utah for another job were increasing, Hornacek recently reached out to Hayward.

"I just told him, if I do get a job somewhere, even though I’m coach somewhere else — I feel a pretty good bond with him — if he needs some sort of advice on something to give me a call."

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