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Rumor: Suns could hire Mike D’Antoni to replace Jeff Hornacek

Phoenix Suns v San Antonio Spurs, Game 5

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Head Coach Mike D’Antoni of the Phoenix Suns reacts to a score against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the AT&T Center on April 29, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. The spurs would win the game 92-87 and the series 4-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Jeff Hornacek is reportedly on the hot seat, and the Suns haven’t responded well.

Mike D’Antoni is back in the game as a 76ers assistant.


Marc Stein of ESPN:

D’Antoni spent his best years with Phoenix, winning 62, 54, 61 and 55 games in his four full seasons. Those Suns reached two conference finals, revolutionized NBA offense and played better defense than most realized.

He wouldn’t be a bad hire – if Hornacek is fired, though that’s looking increasingly inevitable.

The Suns know D’Antoni well, and he knows them. He once said he regretted leaving Phoenix for the Knicks. Most importantly, the Suns’ roster mostly seems to fit D’Antoni’s up-tempo style.

Phoenix will have plenty of options – including Luke Walton and even keeping Hornacek. D’Antoni won’t necessarily be their best potential hire, but having him on the list only improves their odds of getting it right.