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New York Knicks Fire Head Coach Jeff Hornacek

13 April 2018
New York Knicks Fire Head Coach Jeff Hornacek

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News brings word that the Knicks "intend to contact" Wright about their opening, with the team parting ways with Jeff Hornacek immediately following the 2017-2018 season.

The Knicks finished this season 29-53, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

The firing comes as no surprise as the Knicks have struggled on offense, defense, and even reference since Hornacek took over.

Assistant coach Kurt Rambis, a confidant of Jackson's, was also dismissed, Wojnarowski reported.

Embattled GM and legendary coach Phil Jackson (who was sacked before the beginning of the season) hired Jeff Hornacek just two seasons ago and under the Hornacek the Knicks went 60-104, good for the sixth worst record in the National Basketball Association in that time frame. "We thank him for his dedication to NY and wish him the best moving forward".

The Knicks fired Jeff Hornacek on Thursday morning. The Knicks are determined to stay the course on drafting and player development as they await the return of All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis, who isn't expected back until midway through next season as he recovers from a torn ACL.

The Knicks will also be entering an enticing free-agent market in the summer of 2019. In this competitive market, the glamour of Madison Square Garden coupled with the resources and willingness to pay a lot in terms of coaching salary gives NY a distinct advantage in recruiting available candidates.

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.

Now, having wiped the slate clean of Phil Jackson's hires, the search for Hornacek's replacement begins.

The Knicks haven't made the postseason since 2013, and have one playoff series win in the past 18 years.