Nine potential targets to replace Hornacek as Knicks head coach

The Knicks have fired Jeff Hornacek

The Knicks have fired Jeff Hornacek

"Jeff is a true professional who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons", said Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry in a joint statement. Kurt Rambis, the associate head coach under Hornacek, was also relieved of his duties. The loss brought New York's record to 29-53, and left the Knicks with the ninth best odds in next month's NBA Draft Lottery.

Hornacek was informed of the decision upon the team's return home following their regular-season finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search. After all, the Knicks would finish with a 60-104 record with him on the sidelines these past two years.

It bears mentioning that Cleveland hired Blatt to develop what they thought would be a young core of players (Andrew Wiggins, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson) - could he finally get that chance to develop a young team centered around Kristaps Porzingis with the Knicks?

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The Knicks will also be entering an enticing free-agent market in the summer of 2019. 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.

NY hasn't reached the playoffs in five seasons and has one playoff series win in the past 18 years.

Wright has some NY connections as well as he got his head coaching start at Hofstra University on Long Island, leading the mid-major program to a pair of America East titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in seven years. In addition, former National Basketball Association star Jerry Stackhouse, who is now the head coach of the Toronto Raptors G League team, is on the team's short list. In Hornacek's first season in New York, Jackson requested that Hornacek blend elements of the triangle offense with what the coach preferred to run.

The Knicks finished the season with a record of 29-53, which now has them picking 9th in the NBA Draft. His teams missed the playoffs both years.

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