Ex-Jazz shooter Hornacek against short NBA seasons, games


jeff-hornacek-suitFormer Utah Jazz sharpshooter Jeff Hornacek, the current head coach of the Phoenix Suns, has recently criticized the idea of shortening NBA seasons and games as well.

The NBA has earlier tested a 44-minute game between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics in the pre-season. Moreover, such NBA stars as LeBron James and Dirk Novitzki said they would prefer to have fewer NBA games in a season, as 82 games is too much.

Hornacek, just like Michael Jordan before him, doesn’t like the idea.

“I think it was brought up that it could save the legs of the stars,” Hornacek said.

“Then somebody else made the point, well, the shorter game is going to make the beginning more important. If all of a sudden the rest of the game is going to be more important, you’re probably going to lean to playing those stars more now, because you don’t have the time to make it up.”

Speaking about cutting down a regular season’s 82 games, Hornacek also believes it’s not necessary.

“I did it for 14 years,” Hornacek said. “They didn’t have charters, either.”

Hornacek played most of his NBA career in Phoenix and Utah. A deadly shooter, he averaged career high 20.1 ppg for Phoenix back in 1991-92 season. He also appeared in the 1992 NBA All-Star game.

Hornacek joined the Jazz in 1993-94 season averaging double figures in scoring in all of his following seasons with the team.

During his last season with the Jazz, Hornacek shot 47 percent from 3-point range (2nd in NBA), and 95 percent from the free throw line (1st in NBA).

Hornacek appeared in 1077 NBA games (910 started), averaging 14.5 ppg, 4.9 apg in 31.5 minutes on the court.



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