New York Knicks fire Jeff Hornacek as head coach

13 April, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Jeff Hornacek of the Knicks looks on against

The New York Knicks will reach out to Villanova coach Jay Wright about their head coaching opening, according to the New York Daily News.

Hornacek went 60-104 and had a year left on his contract.

Kurt Rambis, the associate head coach, was also dismissed, the Knicks said in a statement from the president, Steve Mills, and the general manager, Scott Perry.

National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski has has details on the Knicks coaching search. The long-time assistant experienced some success in his only head-coaching gig with the Memphis Grizzlies, leading what is now one of the worst teams in the league to the playoffs last season.

If the Knicks are looking for a player's coach, then Fizdale might just be that given his reputation as someone who builds strong relationships with most of his players.

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NY is targeting the summer of 2019 to explore the free-agent market in a serious way, when the team could have significant salary-cap space and Porzingis back to full strength.

Nothing is imminent, but the New York Knicks will at least contact Jerry Stackhouse about the head coaching vacancy.

Jackson coached the Golden State Warriors for three seasons through 2014, leading the club to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1992.

Stackhouse is now head coach of the Raptors' affiliate in the G League.

Former team president Phil Jackson hired Hornacek ahead of the 2016-2017 season. NY has won just one playoff series since Van Gundy left early in the 2000-01 season. But between the dysfunction atop the organization over the first year he was in charge and losing Kristaps Porzingis to a torn anterior cruciate ligament this year, it's fair to say Hornacek never got a fair shake in NY, either. This season, Stackhouse's club won the G League's Eastern Conference title but fell to the Austin Spurs in the finals. He spent six-plus seasons with the team during his 17-year career and is held in high regards by most Knicks fans.

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