BLOG: Jeff Hornacek done in by perfect storm

Posted at 7:34 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 21:34:55-05

I've had several people ask me: Are you surprised by the Jeff Hornacek firing?

All I can really say is: No, I'm not surprised... but also, I'm a little surprised.

Here's what I mean: When your bosses basically give you an ultimatum to turn a team around, and one month later you continue your humiliating slide down the Western Conference standings, losing 19 of your last 21 games... it's not surprising you're out of a job.

What is surprising to me is how such a talented coach could struggle so mightily. The guy was runner-up for NBA Coach of the Year just two seasons ago!

Hornacek is not a bad coach -- he's a good coach in a horrible situation.

Injuries. Under-performing players. Prima donnas. I'm not so sure how many coaches in the league could have succeeded in Phoenix this year. It was a perfect storm for coach Jeff Hornacek.