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Knicks Fire Head Coach Jeff Hornacek


As expected, the Knicks have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek. Heading into the end of the season, there was a understanding between both parties that they would be moving on from one another. Hornacek, who was hired by former Knicks president Phil Jackson, went 60-104 in his two season tenure with the team.

Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry informed Hornacek of his firing upon the team’s return to suburban New York following a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks beat the Cavaliers 110-98.

Hornacek had one year left on his contract. Kurt Rambis, associate head coach under Hornacek, was also dismissed.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks are looking at David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, David Blatt and Jerry Stackhouse as potential candidates for the new head coaching job.

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 New York a distinct advantage in recruiting available candidates.

Former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt — now coaching in Turkey — and former Golden State Warriorscoach Mark Jackson are among the candidates the Knicks are planning to contact, league sources told ESPN. New York also plans to contact Jerry Stackhouse, the head coach of Toronto 905, the Toronto Raptors’ G League affiliate, according to sources.

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