Jeff Hornacek was hoping to convince New York Knicks brass that he deserved another season as the team's head coach during Thursday's exit meetings. 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. "We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors".
Jeff Hornacek is out as coach of the Knicks as the playoff drought at Madison Square Garden continues. "We thank him for his dedication to NY and wish him the best moving forward". That doesn't mean it isn't something Knicks fans will harp on until the next coach officially signs on the dotted line. Now Perry, who started as a GM in July, will be able to hire his own coach. Kristaps Porziņģis is coming off a season-ending ACL injury, but he's undoubtedly the franchise player.
The Knicks will also be entering an enticing free-agent market in the summer of 2019.
In a competitive marketplace this spring, the mystique of Madison Square Garden as well as the resources and willingness to pay a lot in terms of coaching salary give NY a distinct advantage in recruiting available candidates. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Knicks management believes Wright would be a flawless fit for a rebuilding club, but a source says, "It would take a lot for him to leave".
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.
Former team president Phil Jackson hired Hornacek ahead of the 2016-2017 season. Overall, Hornacek was 60-104 during his tenure in NY.
The Knicks haven't made the postseason since 2013, and have one playoff series win in the past 18 years.