The New York Knicks part ways with coach Jeff Hornacek

  • The New York Knicks part ways with coach Jeff Hornacek

The New York Knicks part ways with coach Jeff Hornacek

Jeff Hornacek the head coach of the New York Knicks gives instructions to his team against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 11, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition, Associate Head Coach Kurt Rambis has been relieved of his coaching duties.

During the two seasons with Hornacek as head coach, the Knicks went 60-104 which is the sixth-worst record in the National Basketball Association over that stretch, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The loss brought New York's record to 29-53, and left the Knicks with the ninth best odds in next month's NBA Draft Lottery. Jackson, who was the president, has since departed for his Montana home, Anthony was traded to the Thunder and now Hornacek is leaving too, after the Knicks fired him Thursday morning. Those three teams made coaching changes during the regular season, inserting interim head coaches. Kristaps Porziņģis is coming off a season-ending ACL injury, but he's undoubtedly the franchise player.

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. The Knicks now have a chance to try their luck in the free market with a brand new head coach and try to end their playoff drought.

Right now, rumors are that they will contact David Fizdale, Mark Jackson and David Blatt.

Former team president Phil Jackson hired Hornacek ahead of the 2016-2017 season. The combination hindered the Knicks all season, as NY finished 2016-17 ranked 18th in offensive rating.