The New York Knicks have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek after only two seasons with the team, according to several reports.
Hornacek was told about the team’s decision after arriving back in New York after the team’s last game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was also let go.
Hornacek’s daughter was quick to go on Twitter and let everyone know that her father’s legacy shouldn’t solely be based on what everyone saw on the court.
Ppl only saw what this guy did on the court, but we saw all the 4am nights watching film & the way he poured all he had into this team like he does our fam. We get asked who our team is. Knicks/Jazz/Suns? I’m team Hornacek & while people call him “Coach,” I get to call him “Dad.” pic.twitter.com/AZnzBhJ120
— Abby Hornacek (@abbyhornacek) April 12, 2018
In a joint statement, Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry had the following to say.
“Jeff is a true professional who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons, we sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
During his tenure as Knicks coach, Hornacek went 60-104, and had to face elevated challenges both years being he was a surprise choice to lead the team by former Knicks president Phil Jackson.
With the departure of Hornacek, the Knicks are now once again looking for an answer to their head coach dilemma. Former Knicks point guard and Brooklyn native Mark Jackson has already been rumored as being a serious candidate for the slot. Other rumored candidates include David Fizdale, Doc Rivers (if he’s no longer with the Clippers), Jerry Stackhouse, David Blatt, Monty Williams, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd, Mike Brown and Stephen Silas.
Recently rumored to be contacted by the Knicks is Villanova head coach Jay Wright. Wright and Villanova are fresh off of their National Championship win, but the head coach had the following to say to The Athletic:
“The NBA does intrigue me. That challenge is appealing. But it’s not worth giving up working with these guys. The whole thing is — to take a new challenge you have to give up what you have. I don’t want to give up what I have. Would I like to coach in the NBA? Yes. But I have to give this up in order to do that — and I don’t see that happening.”
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) April 12, 2018
New York hasn’t reached the playoffs in five seasons and has one playoff series win in the past 18 years.
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