I am a big fan of new coaches jumping right in with their new teams. That’s why this week when it was reported that new Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek would be coaching the team’s Summer League roster, I was very pleased. It is something that all new coaches need to be doing before they get to their first regular season game.
Everyone knows about his experience as an assistant coach, but it is a whole different thing being the main man in charge of everything.
He will get started in the Summer League on July 13, where the team will play at least five games. Any experience is good experience in my opinion, and Hornacek can use all the extra time on the bench that he can get. The team doesn’t look like a winner right now and maybe if he can some of the young players on board right away, a turnaround can happen more quickly.
I know that the summer games don’t count for anything, but I think the Suns should be going out to try to win as many of these games as they possibly can. You want to get a winning attitude in there as soon as possible and just getting victories in the summer may increase his young team’s confidence.
There is four months to go until the 2013-14 NBA season, but it is never too early to start preparing. I love what Hornacek is going to do with this very rare move. I’m very confident that it will pay off for the team sooner than later.