New York Knicks Fire Coach Jeff Hornacek After 2 Seasons

Jay Wright

The New York Knicks have fired Jeff Hornacek as head coach. "We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors".

Jeff Hornacek led the Knicks to a 29-53 record this season and was 60-104 in his two seasons with the franchise.

Hornacek had one year remaining on his original contract.

His top assistant, Kurt Rambis, was also fired.

ESPN reports the former coach was sacked after a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks won against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-98. "We thank him for his dedication to NY and wish him the best moving forward".

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The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search. The futures of Charlotte coach Steve Clifford and Detroit president/coach Stan Van Gundy are expected to be determined in the coming days. Mills and Perry apparently weren't pleased with the results, though they knew the Knicks were rebuilding with younger players.

The New York Knicks intend to reach out to Villanova head coach Jay Wright about their head coaching vacancy.

The Knicks are also said to be targeting former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson and former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale as candidates, among others. In addition, former National Basketball Association star Jerry Stackhouse, who is now the head coach of the Toronto Raptors G League team, is on the team's short list.

Former team president Phil Jackson hired Hornacek in 2016. NY has won just one playoff series since Van Gundy left early in the 2000-01 season. Overall, Hornacek was 60-104 during his tenure in NY. The combination hindered the Knicks all season, as NY finished 2016-17 ranked 18th in offensive rating.

Without much talent to work with, the Knicks never established a clear identity, frustrating Hornacek with their defensive inconsistency (they are ranked 22nd in defense) and looking a step behind the league's best offenses.

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