Feb 27, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek talks with Atlanta Hawks point guard and former Jazz player Devin Harris prior to a game at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
The Phoenix Suns rebuilding started with the trading of Steve Nash, festered with in a forgettable 2012-13 season and was cemented with the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as head coach.
But you have to crawl before you walk. Walk before you run. Run before you fly. All that good stuff. And the Suns are making all the right moves to do so. Most recently coming in the form of three new assistant coaches.
The Suns will move former big man and current vice president of player programs Mark West into an assistant role and additionally add former Washington Wizards assistant Jerry Sichting, as first reported by Arizona Sports.Sichting, 56, will reportedly be Hornacek’s lead assistant, according to the Washington Post. Sichting’s specialty with Washington was working with its big men.
Phoenix will also bring in former Detroit Pistons assistant Roy Rogers, USA Today’s Sam Amick reported Tuesday afternoon.
West’s move to the Suns’ bench isn’t surprising considering his tenured role with the team and his playing days with Hornacek, and Sichting’s hiring could be connected to last week’s hiring of assistant general manager Pat Connelly, who also left D.C. for Phoenix.