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Earl Watson faces big challenge in trying to turn around Suns

Jeff Hornacek wasn't responsible for the multiple injuries or the combative personality of Markieff Morris. What ultimately concerned Phoenix Suns management was the fact his message no longer resonated with players.The team's rapid decline cost Hornacek his job, leaving interim coach Earl Watson to lead a battered group hoping to make the most of a lost season.One of the Suns' rare...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors-Suns Preview

Jeff Hornacek wasn't responsible for the multiple injuries or the combative personality of Markieff Morris. What ultimately concerned Phoenix Suns management was the fact his message no longer resonated with players. The team's rapid decline cost Hornacek his job, leaving interim coach Earl Watson to lead a battered group hoping to make the most of a lost season. One of the Suns...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavaliers Hire Mike Longabardi As Assistant Coach

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Mike Longabardi as an assistant coach. Longabardi was recently let go by the Phoenix Suns. Longabardi was in charge of the Suns' defense. Tyronn Lue had been running the Cavaliers' defense as an assistant.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

As the going gets tough, the Suns go bowling

PHOENIX -- Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek is trying whatever he can think of to get the Suns out of a losing streak that's reached nine games, including ugly losses to some of the NBA's worst teams.So he took them bowling."We talked over these last few days trying to figure out how do we get these guys back into having energy," Hornacek said. "Going back to the 20 games in 34 days...
Via AP on Fox
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

In midst of 9-game skid, Hornacek takes Suns bowling

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek is trying whatever he can think of to get the Suns out of a losing streak that's reached nine games, including ugly losses to some of the NBA's worst teams. So he took them bowling. ''We talked over these last few days trying to figure out how do we get these guys back into having energy,'' Hornacek said. ''Going back to the 20 games in...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Suns-Lakers Preview

During a disastrous six-week stretch filled with low points, the Phoenix Suns may have hit rock bottom. Losers of eight straight and coming off their worst defensive performance in 25 years, the crumbling Suns try to salvage the finale of a forgettable road trip Sunday night against a Los Angeles Lakers team riding a rare high. The Suns' longest losing streak since a 10-game skid...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Irving's late shooting leads Cavaliers past Suns to snap two-game skid

PHOENIX (AP) -- Kyrie Irving sank a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 21.9 seconds to play and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on to hand the Phoenix Suns their fifth loss in a row, 101-97 on Monday night.Brandon Knight's 3-pointer cut Cleveland's lead to 96-95 with 1:27 to go and, after LeBron James missed a jumper, Knight hit another 3 but it was waved off because of an offensive...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Sputtering Suns fire 2 assistant coaches

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns, losers of 15 of their last 20 games, have fired assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting. Nate Bjorgken was promoted to take Longabardi's job as defensive coordinator. Assistant Earl Watson also was promoted to a bench coach position. The shake-up on coach Jeff Hornacek's staff comes after an embarrassing home loss to Philadelphia on...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns fire two assistant coaches, keep Jeff Hornacek

Coming off an impressive 48-34 campaign, the Phoenix Suns have been one of the NBA’s biggest disappointments this season. Phoenix currently stands 12-20, 12th in a down Western Conference. The Best of 2015 The 15 Best Female Athletes of 2015 The 15 Best Coaching Jobs of 2015 The 15 Best Male...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

AP source: Sputtering Suns fire 2 assistant coaches

PHOENIX (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Phoenix Suns have fired assistant coaches Jerry Sichting and Mike Longabardi. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the firings had not been announced. Also, assistants Earl Watson and Nate Bjorgken have been promoted to bench coaches. The shake-up on head coach Jeff Hornacek's staff comes after an embarrassing...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Suns Fire Two Assistant Coaches, Give Jeff Hornacek One More Chance

The Phoenix Suns have fired assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting as they try to turn around their season. The Suns have decided to shake up their coaching staff while giving Jeff Hornacek one more chance. Phoenix will promote assistant coaches Nate Bjorkgren and Earl Watson.
Via RealGM
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Len hopes to turn observations into results

PHOENIX -- When contemplating the underrated art of mimicry, we could do a lot worse than solicit input from a wide-eyed kid. The gift of imitation rarely is wasted on the young. In Alex Len, the Suns have a youngster who now is attempting to replicate the maneuvers he studied while sitting on the bench during his rookie season. And even though the Suns would have preferred to have...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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