“We didn’t assume it was going to be a one-year turnaround,” Hornacek stated.
He added: “You count on a rebuilding state of affairs to go on the market and win 50 video games? That’s why they name it rebuilding. However whenever you point out rebuilding, you’re nonetheless making an attempt to win video games.”
However Hornacek will not lead that turnaround. He had one yr left on his three-year, $15 million contract.
“Jeff is a real skilled who has labored tirelessly for this group the final two seasons,’’ Mills and Perry stated of their assertion. “We sincerely admire his efforts and appreciable contributions to the crew and need him nicely in his future endeavors.”
The Knicks didn’t give a timeline for hiring a brand new coach. Two names which were thrown round as attainable successors: Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson. Rivers — who performed for the Knicks from 1992 to 1994 — is the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Jackson, who coached the Golden State Warriors from 2011 to 2014, performed for the Knicks from 1987 to 1992 and once more in 2001 and 2002.
Hornacek, 54, was employed to instill Jackson’s philosophies — particularly, the triangle offense — and compete for a spot within the playoffs. Perry, who was employed final summer time as Jackson’s alternative, stored him to keep up a degree of continuity in hopes of retooling round Porzingis, the Knicks’ franchise participant.
Earlier than Christmas, the Knicks had a 16-14 document, and making the playoffs appeared possible. On the time, Porzingis was averaging 24 factors and 6.5 rebounds per sport. However the Knicks started to battle round Jan. 1, and Porzingis suffered a season-ending knee damage on Feb. 6 when the crew was in the midst of an eight-game shedding streak. New York’s focus shifted to maximizing its lottery odds.
If Hornacek entered the season in a tough spot as a result of Jackson had departed, his place grew to become untenable as soon as Porzingis was injured and New York started to slip. Because the finish of January, the Knicks are 5-26 and Hornacek obtained right into a bodily altercation with Noah at a apply.
After the incident, Noah was evaded the crew for the remainder of the season, however the rigidity recalled earlier locker room friction that had contributed to Hornacek’s departure as coach of the Phoenix Suns 46 video games into the 2016 season.
Hornacek’s successor might want to construct a extra useful tradition round a younger core that options Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and the crew’s coming first-round draft decide.
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