Earl Watson Named Suns Interim HC: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

February 1st, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The Phoenix Suns announced Monday night assistant coach Earl Watson will assume interim head coaching duties. Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reported Watson will be represented by agent Rich Paul.

Watson replaces Jeff Hornacek, who was fired Sunday night, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Before joining the NBA's coaching ranks, Watson spent 13 years in the league with six different franchises. Mike Richman of the Oregonian tweeted that the 36-year-old was clearly transitioning into a new career as his time as an active player wrapped up:

Prior to his time on the Suns' staff, Watson was an assistant for the Austin Spurs, the San Antonio Spurs' NBA D-League affiliate.

Hiring Watson on an interim basis is a smart move by the Suns. The franchise isn't going anywhere this season and owns a 14-35 record, tied for second-worst in the Western Conference. Leading scorer Eric Bledsoe is out for the rest of the year, which only adds to the team's problems.

Phoenix is better off waiting until the offseason to either commit to Watson on a full-time basis—should he prove himse ...

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