Knicks brass releases statement on fired coaches Jeff Hornacek, Kurt Rambis

Knicks fire head coach Jeff Hornacek and some big names are candidates to replace him

Knicks fire head coach Jeff Hornacek and some big names are candidates to replace him

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry informed Jeff Hornacek of his firing early Thursday morning as the team was returning to NY from a 108-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, there are plenty of coaching vacancies expected to open up in the summer around the National Basketball Association.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks fired Hornacek after two seasons as the team's coach upon the team's return to NY after the season finale Wednesday.

Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was sacked.

Hornacek coached just two seasons with the Knicks after a two-and-a-half-year stint with Phoenix.

Knicks' brass. notably president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. informed Hornacek of their decision late Wednesday night after the team returned from its season finale at Cleveland.

This season, Mills and Perry said they would evaluate Hornacek based on the development of younger players and the team's improvement on defense over the course of the season. "It's hard to do anything because all you're thinking about is not to mess up".

This year, the unfortunate season-ending injury to Kristaps Porzingis derailed any hopes that the team had during that time, thus, another playoff miss. In Hornacek's first season in New York, Jackson requested that Hornacek blend elements of the triangle offense with what the coach preferred to run.

Hornacek opened up the offence after Jackson's departure, and the Knicks started surprisingly well this season. Last season, he was in the middle of a front office dysfunction that led to the firing of Phil Jackson.

With Anthony, Noah and Derrick Rose all gone, the Knicks lacked the veteran roster this season they had when Hornacek was hired with playoff expectations.

Hornacek is 161-216 and has never reached the post-season as an National Basketball Association coach. Overall, Hornacek was 60-104 during his tenure in NY.

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