What They're Saying: Jeff Hornacek

After a 14-year NBA playing career - six of which came right here in Phoenix - Jeff Hornacek had built up quite a reputation in the basketball world, which came shining through from the reaction to Tuesday's news that he was the Suns new head coach.

Suns.com scoured the internet to bring you the most interesting quotes about Hornacek from former co-workers, players who he coached, teammates and the coach himself.

Hopefully, I can take Jerry's toughness, Cotton's enthusiasm and confidence-building and blend them together, and become a great coach like some of the great coaches that have been here in the past.

- Jeff Hornacek, Suns Head Coach

We are thrilled to introduce Jeff Hornacek as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns. Jeff has all of the qualities we were looking for in a head coach — he is a leader, a teacher and a student of the game.

- Ryan McDonough, Suns General Manager

I’m very happy for Jeff. Jeff was one of the largest fan favorite players to ever have worn the Phoenix Suns uniform and a man who had a great career as a player and made a lot of great contributions to the Suns franchise. I think he’s a great choice to take over the Suns at this point in time.

- Jerry Colangelo, Former Suns Chairman

On behalf of the Jazz, I want to thank Jeff for his hard work, loyalty and dedication. Whether it be as teammates, working together under Jerry Sloan, or as part of my key staff, Jeff is a good friend and I am sorry to see him go. We all wish Jeff and his family nothing but the very best as he takes this next step in his career. We are excited for him to have this opportunity and confident that he is going to be an excellent coach in the league.

- Tyrone Corbin, Utah Jazz Head Coach

I’m so proud and excited for him. This just helps show that good things happen to good people. I was lucky enough to get to know both Jeff and his family during our time in Utah, and am happy to see him getting a chance to coach in the place where his playing career started.
- Karl Malone, Former Utah Jazz Forward

He was an astute player who could see things that not everybody else could see. I think those are the kinds of things that let you know whether or not a player has an ability to someday be a good coach in the league.
- Jerry Sloan, Former Utah Jazz Head Coach

He was an advocate for our young players. Quiet confidence, poise. He won’t throw guys under the bus to save his own hide.

- Dennis Lindsey, Utah Jazz General Manager from SLTrib.com

Congratulations to Jeff Hornacek. I wish him the best. I appreciate his contributions to the Jazz as a player and an assistant coach.

- Greg Miller, Utah Jazz CEO/Owner

It’s the right hire. I’m ecstatic because I think it’s a tremendous choice for the team. He meets all the credentials and more, and the Valley knows him. I don’t think they could have done any better. He’s smart. He has a presence. He can coach.

- Tom Chambers, Suns Broadcaster from AZCentral.com

Having a great shooter like that work with me helped a lot. Not just with mechanics, but with my confidence.

- Gordon Hayward, Jazz guard/forward from Yahoo! Sports

For the Suns, Hornacek fits the profile of a coach who can grow with the franchise's plan to rebuild through young players and the draft. Phoenix has six first-round picks available over the next three years, and player development will be a top priority.

- Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

The match between organization and coach is a logical one. Hornacek brings with him an impeccable reputation, ties to the Suns dating back to his playing days, the credibility of being a former player and multiple years of experience as a developer of young talent.

- Ben Golliver, SI.com

Hornacek, who just turned 50, seems to be the perfect fit, and not just because of his history with the team. He was a self-made player who the Suns drafted with the third of three second-round picks they had in the 1986 draft. Few remember that he made the club as a rookie because of his playmaking ability, not his shooting.

- Bob Young, AZCentral.com

Those who know Hornacek well do not doubt that he is ready. Teams who have interviewed Hornacek about coaching vacancies would not have bothered had they not believed he could do it. Charlotte seemed poised to offer its job late last week to Hornacek, prompting the Suns’ swift movement to lock him up in the job he preferred.

- Paul Coro, AZCentral.com