Jeff Hornacek fired by New York Knicks after 2 seasons

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"We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors".

Isola's report also mentioned them as potential candidates for the job, plus current broadcaster and former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy, current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, and Craig Robinson, a former college basketball coach. "We thank him for his dedication to NY and wish him the best moving forward".

In total, the Knicks went 60-104 in two years in his tenure and given his feud with Joakim Noah and occasional clashes with Kristaps Porzingis, it was was time for NY to look in another direction as they rebuild.

But first, the Knicks have to get a coach. Mills and Perry apparently weren't pleased with the results, though they knew the Knicks were rebuilding with younger players.

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The Knicks are seriously aiming the free agent market in the summer of 2019 when they will have significant salary-cap space and Porzingis back to full strength.

Stackhouse is now head coach of the Raptors' affiliate in the G League. He remains close with both and was strongly considered for New York's coaching vacancy in 2016 before then-team president Phil Jackson made a decision to hire Hornacek. Van Gundy's run was the Knicks' most recent period of sustained success; NY has won just one playoff series since Van Gundy left early in the 2000-01 season.

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.

In a competitive marketplace this spring, the mystique of Madison Square Garden as well as the resources and willingness to pay a lot in terms of coaching salary give NY a distinct advantage in recruiting available candidates. His teams missed the playoffs both years.