The Phoenix Suns made the hiring of Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek official Tuesday, annoucing the popular former Sun and Jazz guard as the 16th head coach in franchise history.
While there may be some discontent among Jazz fans that the franchise is watching a player whose No. 14 is retired leave town, General Manager Dennis Lindsey said, "I'm just thrilled for him. It's something that he really wanted."
Hornacek was traded by the Suns to Philadelphia in 1992, and he was shipped to the Jazz a year and a half later. In Utah, he became the missing piece for a team anchored by Karl Malone and John Stockton, helping the Jazz reach the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998.