By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Knicks have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek. He was their head coach for the past two seasons.
He had one-year left on his three-year deal that he signed when he was initially hired two years ago.
“Jeff is a true professional, who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons,” the Knicks said in a statement. “We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Besides firing Hornacek, the Knicks also fired Associate Head Coach Kurt Rambis. It is likely Hornacek’s entire staff — especially those remaining — will be fired when the new staff takes over.
”Kurt has been a big part of the Knicks over these last four seasons, as both an associate head coach and interim head coach,” the Knicks added in their statement. “We thank him for his dedication to New York and wish him the best moving forward.”
The Knicks, who have several talented players, fell short of the playoffs after Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL several weeks ago. They went 29-53 on the season.
The Knicks were the 11th-best team in the Eastern Conference this season. They were 14 wins behind the Washington Wizards’ 43-game season, which got them the eighth seed.
Only the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks had worse records in the Eastern Conference.
With the dismissal of Hornacek, there are two candidates, who will immediately come up. Both of those candidates have previous head coaching experiences and their names are Mark Jackson and David Fizdale.
The 43-year-old Fizdale was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies through 19 games this season. The team went 7-12 when their front office decided to make the move.
He’s 50-51 through two seasons as an NBA Head Coach. He guided Memphis to the playoffs in his first season with the team before being eliminated in the first-round.
Jackson, the 53-year-old Nee York native, played for the Knicks twice during his playing career. He was last a head coach with the Golden State Warriors during the 2013-14 season.
He was the Warriors head coach for three seasons before being fired and Steve Kerr taking over. In his final season with the Warrior, he guided the team to a 51-31 record.
In the 2013-14 season, the Warriors lost in the first-round of the playoffs. The year before with a 47-35 record, Jackson guided the team to a Conference Semifinals appearance.
Jackson is 121-109 as an NBA Head Coach. After being fired by the Warriors, he went back to being an analyst for ESPN during their NBA coverage.
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