The Phoenix Suns have promoted Earl Watson to the post of head coach. Watson replaces Jeff Hornacek after he was fired when the Suns lost to Dallas Mavericks 91-78.
Watson is set to make his debut against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday as head coach.
On June 4 last summer, the Suns hired 36-year-old Watson as an assistant coach, according to the Real GM. The Suns also considered assistant coaches Cory Gaines and Nate Bjorkgren for the interim coach’s post. But Watson finally won the race. Watson got his first promotion on December 28 when assistant coaches Jerry Sichting and Mike Longabardi were fired by the Suns, reports Yahoo Sports.
Watson started his professional coaching career in Austin last season with the San Antonio Spurs’ D-League affiliate. Watson featured in 13 NBA seasons as a reserve point guard with the Seattle Supersonics, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz. He turned down offers of continuing as a player in 2014-15 to kick off his coaching career.
Hornacek had a 101-112 win record over two and a half seasons with Phoenix. But the Suns have lost 19 out of their 21 games.