Phoenix Suns confirm hiring of Hornacek as coach

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1988-1989:  Guard Jeff Hornacek of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball during a game. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport By Stephen Dunn 1988-1989: Guard Jeff Hornacek of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball during a game. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport By Stephen Dunn
5 Dec 1997:  Guard Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz moves the ball during a game against the Portland Trailblazers at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.  The Trailblazers won the game, 94-77. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule  /Allsport By Otto Greule Jr 5 Dec 1997: Guard Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz moves the ball during a game against the Portland Trailblazers at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The Trailblazers won the game, 94-77. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport By Otto Greule Jr
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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Suns have officially hired Jeff Hornacek as their new coach.

Phoenix turned to one of its former players Tuesday as the team looks to rebuild from one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Hornacek spent the first six of his 14 seasons as an NBA player with the Suns.

Multiple reports over the weekend had Hornacek getting the job, and the team made it official with Tuesday's announcement that he would be the club's 16th head coach.

The 50-year-old Hornacek had been an assistant with the Utah Jazz since 2011. This is his first head coaching job.

He takes over a team that went 27-55 last season, the worst record in the Western Conference and second-worst in the franchise's history.

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