Knicks dismiss head coach Jeff Hornacek

Jo Caldwell
April 13, 2018

The Knicks announced Thursday that they fired Hornacek after two seasons as the team's coach upon the team's return to NY after the season finale Wednesday.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told Hornacek the franchise was moving in another direction when the Knicks returned to NY after beating the Cavaliers in the regular season finale, 110-98.

The Knicks have reportedly cut ties with head coach Jeff Hornacek. The long-time assistant experienced some success in his only head-coaching gig with the Memphis Grizzlies, leading what is now one of the worst teams in the league to the playoffs last season.

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Knicks' brass. notably president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. informed Hornacek of their decision late Wednesday night after the team returned from its season finale at Cleveland.

Vogel was 25-57 in 2017-18 and 54-110 in 2 seasons with the team.

Hornacek had one year left on his contract.

Knicks brass evidently did not agree, as Hornacek, who was hired by Mills and Phil Jackson in the summer of 2016, helmed the team to his second straight disappointing season.

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Instead, the team's first order of business was to dismiss the coach. The Magic will be looking for its fifth coach since firing Stan Van Gundy after the 2011-12 season, which also was the last time it made the playoffs.

Hornacek, previously a head coach for three years in Phoenix, was surprised when he became Jackson's choice, since they had little relationship other than facing off in the NBA Finals when Hornacek played for Utah and Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls.

Hornacek is 161-216 and has never reached the postseason as an National Basketball Association coach.

Now that the Knicks have a vacancy spot on the bench, rumors have already begun as to who the Knicks will target to fill that seat with names like Mark Jackson, Doc Rivers, and even Jerry Stackhouse being thrown around.

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