Breaking news has come out of the NBA with the New York Knicks firing head coach Jeff Hornacek after two seasons with the team. ESPN.com also reported that Associate head coach, Kurt Rambis was fired as the team returned to New York after winning against Cleveland 110-98 on Thursday morning.
The Knicks had losing records for the two seasons that Hornacek was in charge of the team, going 31-51 and 29-53. The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs in the last five years, and they’ve only won a single playoff series since the turn of the century. Hornacek was seen as the man who hopefully would have taken the Knicks to the playoffs yet again, however he failed to incorporate triangle offense with his own means of attack. The Knicks ended up 18th in offense this season.
There are plenty of names that have already been thrown into the conversation, with David Fizdale, Matt Jackson and David Blatt all having been named as potential replacements.
Jeff Van Gundy has also been linked with a return to his former team. Van Gundy coached for seven seasons at the Knicks, leading the club to six consecutive playoff appearances and an Eastern Conference title before leaving early into the 2000-01 season.
It is believed that the Knicks administration will be contacting potential replacements in the next few days before making a decision in the coming weeks.
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