Knicks dismiss head coach Jeff Hornacek

Knicks dismiss head coach Jeff Hornacek

Knicks dismiss head coach Jeff Hornacek

The Knicks finished this season 29-53, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early on Thursday morning because an official announcement isn't planned until later in the day.

A team statement said Hornacek had been relieved of his duties with immediate effect along with assistant head coach Kurt Rambis.

"Knicks dismissed coach Jeff Hornacek, league sources tell ESPN". "We thank him for his dedication to NY and wish him the best moving forward". The loss of The Unicorn only further exposed the Knicks numerous flaws that plagued the team and now Hornacek has paid the price with his job.

Perry, who was hired as general manager in July, will finally have the chance to hire his own coach. Kristaps Porziņģis is coming off a season-ending ACL injury, but he's undoubtedly the franchise player.

The Knicks are seriously aiming the free agent market in the summer of 2019 when they will have significant salary-cap space and Porzingis back to full strength.

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 intend to contact Villanova's Jay Wright about their head coaching vacancy, the Daily News has learned.

Now, having wiped the slate clean of Phil Jackson's hires, the search for Hornacek's replacement begins. But between the dysfunction atop the organization over the first year he was in charge and losing Kristaps Porzingis to a torn anterior cruciate ligament this year, it's fair to say Hornacek never got a fair shake in NY, either.

The Knicks haven't made the postseason since 2013, and have one playoff series win in the past 18 years.

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