Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek gestures as he shouts in the direction of an official in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 91-78. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tony Gutierrez
February 01, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Jeff Hornacek and, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, promoted Earl Watson to interim coach.

The person told The Associated Press that Watson got the job after interviews were conducted Monday with all three Suns assistants. The person asked not to be identified because the Watson hiring has not been officially announced.

Watson was an NBA point guard for 13 seasons and is in his first season as a Suns assistant after a year as an assistant coach of the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

Watson's promotion as interim coach first was reported by Yahoo! Sports.

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