SACRAMENTO -- While chaos pelts down on the Sacramento Kings and newly hired head coach Luke Walton, the team continues to press forward.
NBC Sports California has confirmed through a league source that former NBA player turned head coach, Jeff Hornacek, was in Sacramento earlier this week to interview for a lead assistant coach job on Walton’s staff.
Known for his gritty play style over a 14-year NBA career with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz, Hornacek began his pro coaching career in Utah under legendary head coach Jerry Sloan during the 2010-11 season.
He spent three seasons as an assistant in Utah before heading to Phoenix to take over the Suns head coaching job in 2013. His Suns shocked the NBA in his first season, posting a 48-34 record and barely missing the postseason.
In his second season, the Suns took a step back, finishing the 2014-15 season with a 39-43 record. Hornacek dealt with an unbalanced roster that included three starting level point guards. At midseason, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were dealt away in a three-team deal, leaving Eric Bledsoe and newly acquired Brandon Knight to finish the season.
The next season was more of the same. The team spent major money on aging free agent center, Tyson Chandler, which didn’t work out as planned. Bledsoe went down midseason with a knee injury and Hornacek was relieved his duties after a 14-35 start to the season.
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Following his experience in Phoenix, Hornacek coached the Knicks to a 60-104 record during from 2016-18. David Fizdale posted a 17-65 record this past season following Hornacek's departure.
A basketball lifer, the 55-year-old Hornacek has a career record of 161-216 record over five seasons at the helm. He spent last season away from the game, but he is ready to jump back into the game as an assistant.
The former All-Star guard would make a solid addition as an experienced voice on Walton’s bench.
Sam Amick of The Athletic was first with the news of Hornacek’s interview.