Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
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Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek: New candidates include Fizdale, Blatt, Jackson

Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek: New candidates include Fizdale, Blatt, Jackson

In total, the Knicks went 60-104 in two years in his tenure and given his feud with Joakim Noah and occasional clashes with Kristaps Porzingis, it was was time for NY to look in another direction as they rebuild.

The front office finished the clean-up by firing Hornacek and former Jackson partner-in-crime Kurt Rambis, who held assistant coach duties with the team.

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

Hornacek's departure now allows team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, who came prior to the start of the season, to bring in their guy and start seriously building the team in their image. Wojnarowski also reported that former National Basketball Association star and current G League coach, Jerry Stackhouse, is another candidate. The 53-year-old Jackson grew up in New York City, starred at St. John's University in Queens and played for the Knicks, winning Rookie of the Year with the club in 1988.


Wojnarowski reported that candidates to replace Hornacek include ex-Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and ex-Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

NY defeated the Cavaliers 108-95 earlier Wednesday. The Knicks now have a chance to try their luck in the free market with a brand new head coach and try to end their playoff drought.

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. He remains close with both and was strongly considered for New York's coaching vacancy in 2016 before then-team president Phil Jackson chose to hire Hornacek. While the move worked out just fine for the Cavs as they went on to win their first-ever title under Ty Lue, Blatt all but vanished as he went to Turkey to coach.

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