Suns coach Jeff Hornacek sharply critical of Markieff Morris’ game
Jeff Hornacek has taken an optimistic approach to the Markieff Morris saga, saying he believes it’ll turn out OK once Morris reports to training camp.
But, in an article by Zach Lowe of Grantland, the Suns coach also comes at Morris from a different direction.
Hornacek on Morris’ defense:
Hornacek on Morris switching defensively:
Hornacek on Morris’ 3-point shooting:
Hornacek on Morris drawing fouls:
Hornacek on Morris’ post-ups:
These criticisms are valid. Morris, despite the size and mobility to make more of a difference, doesn’t always defend well. His 3-point shooting has regressed. He doesn’t attack the rim enough. He operates with his back to the basket a little farther from the rim than most players – though that’s more a stylistic issue than a reason to rebuke him. (However, if Morris’ natural style interferes with his teammates, he should at least attempt to change it.)
But Morris is a good player locked into a cheap contract. It’s Hornacek’s job to make this work.
On a certain level, I think Hornacek is just being honest because that’s who he is.
Morris was also very blunt about what he thought of the Suns, tough. Maybe, in turn, they’re just being blunt about what they think of him. Giving him a taste of his own medicine – but to teach him a lesson or simply out of frustration?
At this point, it doesn’t matter too much why Hornacek publicly criticized his own player to a level rarely seen. He said it.
The big question: How will an already-unhappy Morris react?