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Knicks will at least try to make Jay Wright their head coach

13 April, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Jeff Hornacek of the Knicks looks on against

"Jeff is a true professional who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons", a statement from the front office read. "We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors".

ESPN reports the former coach was sacked after a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks won against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-98.

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 53-year-old Jackson grew up in New York City, starred at St. John's University in Queens and played for the Knicks, winning Rookie of the Year with the club in 1988.

Hornacek's tenure, which produced a record of 60-104, was marked by problems from the start.

But first, the Knicks have to get a coach. The futures of Charlotte coach Steve Clifford and Detroit president/coach Stan Van Gundy are expected to be determined in the coming days.




Perry was hired two weeks into free agency, which inevitably tied his hands as far as finding his own coach was concerned. Mills and Perry apparently weren't pleased with the results, though they knew the Knicks were rebuilding with younger players.

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.

NY defeated the Cavaliers 108-95 earlier Wednesday. He remains close with both and was strongly considered for New York's coaching vacancy in 2016 before then-team president Phil Jackson chose to hire Hornacek.

David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson and Jerry Stackhouse are considered top candidates for the job. This season, Stackhouse's club won the G League's Eastern Conference title but fell to the Austin Spurs in the finals.

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