The Knicks made the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. However, there are plenty of coaching vacancies expected to open up in the summer around the National Basketball Association.
Hornacek went 60-104 and had a year left on his contract.
Hornacek, previously a head coach for three years in Phoenix, himself was even 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 against the Jackson's Chicago Bulls. The Knicks are determined to stay on the course of drafting and player development as they await the return of their All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis, who is recovering from a torn ACL and isn't expected to return until midway through next season.
Apparently, the New York Rangers aren't the only tenant at Madison Square Garden without a head coach these days.
Wojnarowski also reported that former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Golden State coach Mark Jackson and Jerry Stackhouse, coach of the G League Raptors 905, will all be considered for the vacancy. Wojnarowski also reported that former National Basketball Association star and current G League coach, Jerry Stackhouse, is another candidate. His teams missed the playoffs both years.
Hornacek was hired by then-team president Phil Jackson and then-GM Mills prior to the 2016-17 season. 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.