Sports New York Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after two seasons

16:07  12 april  2018
16:07  12 april  2018 Source:   USA TODAY

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired Jeff Hornacek , who The Knicks finished the season with Kurt Rambis as interim coach after Jackson fired Derek Fisher in February. The two discussed the job in mid-May but took more than two weeks to complete a contract.

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After two dismal seasons, the New York Knicks have fired coach Jeff Hornacek, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because the announcement wasn't official.

Hornacek, who was hired in the summer of 2016, guided the Knicks to a 60-104 record in his two seasons following three as the head coach in Phoenix.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired Jeff Hornacek , who emerged last month as Phil Jackson’s surprising coaching choice. The Knicks finished the season with Kurt Rambis as interim coach after Jackson fired Derek Fisher in February.

The Knicks needed to find a new coach after firing Derek Fisher after 54 games during the 2015-16 NBA season. But New York went with ex-Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek He was let go in in May of 2016 and hired later that month by the Magic. Orlando is 51-107 in two seasons under Vogel.

A list of candidates is expected to include former Memphis coach David Fizdale and former Cleveland coach David Blatt, a second person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing nature of the coaching search.

The Knicks, who ended their campaign on Wednesday night with a 110-98 win over Cleveland, missed the postseason for a fifth consecutive season. It's also the fourth consecutive season the Knicks have had 50 losses.

The Knicks' downward turn began in early February when franchise centerpiece Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL. The season spiraled even further when Hornacek and veteran Joakim Noah clashed during a road game in January at Golden State. Noah wasn't around the team the last few weeks of the season.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek has become a scapegoat for an erratic season , but we must be careful to include context in our criticism. Frank Ntilikina is a promising young two -way player, but he hasn’t yet established himself as a player who can break a defense down with his handle.

New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. When a team collapses like the Knicks have done in Hornacek 's two seasons after looking like a potential playoff team, the coach has to get the blame.

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Yet independent of the Knicks' struggles, the reality is that Hornacek was not hired by their general manager, Scott Perry. The longtime executive was hired in late July after a short and successful stretch in Sacramento, and the question loomed as to whether he would want to hire his own coach.

ESPN first reported Hornacek's firing.

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