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Utah Jazz, Jeff Hornacek will see each other again in Phoenix

Ex-Jazz great Jeff Hornacek leads the Suns against his old team in Phoenix



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Asked if anything about coaching has surprised him, Hornacek mentioned the timing of the trade.

"… With Gortat, we thought it might happen sometime during the season," he said. "But we had a couple of other guys playing well, so it was good. A little surprising, but good."

At a glance

Jazz at Suns

O At USAirways Center (Phoenix)

Tipoff » 8 p.m. MST

TV » ROOT Sports

Radio » 1280 AM, 1600 AM, 97.5 FM

Records » Jazz 0-1; Suns 1-0

Season series » First game

About the Jazz » They have won four of their last five against Phoenix. … They went 13-28 on the road last season. … They’ve started 0-2 twice in the last three years. … They come off a 101-98 loss to Oklahoma City. … They committed 22 turnovers, missed 10 of 30 free throws and went 6-for-22 on three-pointers against the Thunder.

About the Suns » Under new coach Jeff Hornacek, they scored a 104-91 victory over Portland in their season opener. … Guards Goran Dragic (26) and Eric Bledsoe (22) combined for 48 points on 19-for-31 shooting. … Rookie Miles Plumlee was also outstanding. In 40 minutes, he scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Jeff Hornacek file

Born » May 3, 1963

Hometown » Elmhurst, Ill.

High school » LaGrange Township

College » Iowa State

Position » Shooting guard

Career highlights » Selected in the second round (46th overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft by Phoenix. … Averaged 14.3 points and 4.9 assists during his 14-year career. … Spent six years with the Suns. … Played in the 1992 All-Star Game. … Traded to Philadelphia prior to the 1993-94 season. … Traded to Utah on Feb. 24, 1994. … In 61/2 season, he helped lead the Jazz to two NBA Finals and two conference finals. … Scored a career-high 40 points against Seattle on Nov. 23, 1994. … Played in 477 of 478 games after being acquired by Utah. … Was a two-time winner of the Long Distance Shootout at All-Star Weekend (1998, 2000).

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Like Hornacek, Hayward called the prospect of seeing his former coach on the Suns’ bench "kind of weird, but only because he worked with me so much — and helped me so much — during my first three years" in the NBA.

"He has a high basketball IQ," Hayward continued. "He understands the game. He’s able to see plays before they happen and knows how defenses are going to react to different things. He’s really good an anticipating things."

luhm@sltrib.com




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