New York Knicks Fire Jeff HornacekBy Connor Lynch
Head coach Jeff Hornacek has been fired by the New York Knicks, the team announced on Thursday.
Jeff Hornacek was informed that his less-than two year stint as Knicks coach was over by the team’s management. The 54-year-old finishes his Knicks career with a record of 60-104. According to ESPN, this is the sixth worst record in the NBA over that timespan.
The former Utah Jazz guard’s Knicks reign was reportedly turbulent. In his final season, conflicts with the New York players proved a barrier to success.
Hornacek had one year left to run on his contract. His associate head coach, Kurt Rambis, was also fired.
This is the second time that Hornacek has been fired from an NBA coaching position. He was fired by the Phoenix Suns during the 2015-2016 season.
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Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry issued a joint statement regarding the firing of Jeff Hornacek:
“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.”
“We know the roster is not complete, we understand our roster as well as anybody,” Perry said. “But again, just in terms of consistency and then a trend I would say toward consistency, Steve and I thought we fell a little bit short in that area.”
“Jeff is a positive person and I think he was hopeful that there would be another opportunity, but he’s a pro,” Mills said. “He’s a good man and he took it well.”
As a player, Hornacek played 14 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 20.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game at the peak of his career, with the Suns.
According to ESPN, David Fizdale, David Blatt, nd Mark Jackson are among the candidates for the head coaching position.