New York Knicks Fire Coach Jeff Hornacek After 2 Seasons

After yet another disappointing season at Madison Square Garden, the "hopeless" New York Knicks have fired struggle coach, Jeff Hornacek after just two seasons. One of them has won a national championship more recently than all the others.

Former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who is now coaching in Turkey and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson is among the top candidates for the position of head coach, according to ESPN league sources. Van Gundy's run was the Knicks' most recent period of sustained success; NY has won just one playoff series since Van Gundy left early in the 2000-01 season.

"The NBA does intrigue me", Wright told The Athletic.

According to Begley, Mills added that one factor the Knicks will aim at would be the coach understanding the complexities of today's players and the game, including the use of modern analytics and strength training. Robinson now works in the Knicks front office (and is also the brother-in-law of Barack Obama). Stackhouse was named G-League Coach of the Year. The Knicks finished this season 29-53, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Another Jackson hire, Kurt Rambis was also let go in the process but given that he was even less popular than Hornacek in NY, we doubt any tears will be shed over that move either.

The Knicks interviewed Blatt the last time they had a coaching vacancy, and it would be no surprise if they talked to the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach once again. According to ESPN, Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry informed Hornacek of his fate upon the team's return to NY. Blatt is now coaching in Turkey. Mills and Perry apparently weren't pleased with the results, though they knew the Knicks were rebuilding with younger players.

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