According to reports out of Orlando Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek is a serious candidate for the Orlando Magic head coaching position. Orlando Sentinel Magic beat reporter Jeff Robbins tweeted out Tuesday morning that Hornacek interviewed for the job Monday night.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) July 10, 2012
Of course Hornacek is with the Jazz coaching the summer league in Orlando. Robbins also reported that the Magic have interviewed Brian Shaw and are also considering Lindsey Hunter, Jacque Vaughn and Quin Snyder.
In my dealings with Hornacek as both a player and assistant there is no question in my mind that he has the makings to be a solid head coach. More than anything he knows how to relate and communicate with today’s NBA player which these days is at least 80 per cent of the job. The question is whether if offered is this the right position to take. The Magic are in rebuilding mode on the verge of trading their superstar Dwight Howard. Much like the Jazz, the Magic are a small market franchise that has a tough time bringing in free agents therefore will have to build through the draft. That means Hornacek, or whoever gets the job, would need ownership to be patient. In the win now or be fired nature of the NBA good luck with that.