Jeff Hornacek hoping to stay for 2018-19 Knicks season
In the aftermath of an underperforming season, the New York Knicks will have some decisions to make over the summer, including their choice of head coach after a new regime of president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry inherited Jeff Hornacek at the helm of the team.
The former player-turned-coach expressed his desire to come back for next season and continue the process of growing this young team.
“That’s why you sign contracts. I have one more year,” Hornacek said in Cleveland on Wednesday morning, according to ESPN. “We’d love to continue with these guys and get some of the guys healthy and get back at it and continue that process. We didn’t think it was going to be a one-year turnaround. That’s our thoughts. That’s what we’ll continue to look at.”
Mills and Perry spent the entirety of their offseason looking for ways to trade Carmelo Anthony, while mustering any free agents they could convince to join the team. Their efforts resulted in getting Tim Hardaway Jr. back and finalizing a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott.
The Knicks’ season started off on a promising note but ultimately stalled — even before star Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn ACL — a reason Hornacek’s coaching job remains on the hot seat.
“We started it and we’d like to continue it,” Hornacek said. “It’s very satisfying for coaches to take a team and build it and grow it. You can look around the league at some of the teams that are now some of the better teams in the league. They went through those same type of things. … Now all of a sudden [they] have their teams four or five years later and maybe even home-court advantage for the playoffs.
“So sometimes people are wanting things to happen right away. But sometimes there’s patience. That’s what we’re looking for.”
The front office is expected to meet with Hornacek not long after the end of the season, bringing in vice president of player development Craig Robinson to pitch in with the progress of this roster.