Kansas native Earl Watson takes over as interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns assistant coach Earl Watson during the Suns NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Jeff Hornacek and promoted Earl Watson to interim coach.

Watson was selected after interviews were conducted Monday with all three Suns assistants.

Watson was an NBA point guard for 13 seasons and was 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 played high school basketball at KC Washington, and his senior year averaged 23.4 points and 8.3 assists a game.

The 36-year-old Watson retired as a player in 2014 after appearing in 878 games for Portland, Seattle/Oklahoma City, Memphis, Denver, Indiana and Utah.