Suns name assistant Watson as interim head coach


The Phoenix Suns named assistant Earl Watson as their interim head coach on Monday.

Phoenix fired head coach Jeff Hornacek earlier in the day after the Suns lost 19 of their past 21 games to fall to 14-35 this NBA season.

Watson becomes the 17th coach in franchise history, having joined the team in the off-season as assistant.

He will now take over a team riddled with injuries and on a run of 14 straight road losses.

There was some speculation former Suns All-Star point guard Steve Nash would fill in, but those rumours were quickly dismissed.

Watson had a 13-year NBA career, playing for the likes of the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz.