Knicks part ways with Jeff Hornacek
Jeff Hornacek and the New York Knicks have played their last game of the season. As it turns out, it was also the last game that Hornacek is going to coach for the Knicks after the team decided to part ways with the bench tactician, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Knicks dismissed coach Jeff Hornacek, league sources tell ESPN. Management informed Hornacek of decision upon returning to New York late tonight
In two seasons for The Big Apple team, Hornacek compiled a record of 60 wins and 104 losses. For much of his stint, the team was plagued with controversies and tough luck. Last season, he was in the middle of a front office dysfunction that led to the firing of Phil Jackson.
This year, the unfortunate season-ending injury to Kristaps Porzingis derailed any hopes that the team had during that time, thus, another playoff miss.
Hornacek has a career coaching record of 161-216. Prior to the Knicks, he was the coach of the Phoenix Suns where his team also missed the playoffs in all three years under his guidance.
This is simply the sad narrative for NBA coaches. Hornacek had to put up with all the dysfunction, only to be met with such fate. However, there are plenty of coaching vacancies expected to open up in the summer around the NBA.
What’s more interesting, though, is the direction the Knicks will take next with their head coaching hunt.