Knicks Coaching Hot Board: Top 5 Candidates To Replace Jeff Hornacek

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With the New York Knicks firing Jeff Hornacek, potential candidates to replace him as head coach are beginning to emerge.

Like so many predecessors, Hornacek was sacked rather unceremoniously, shortly after a victory Wednesday night over the Cavaliers in Cleveland, which concluded the Knicks' 29-53 season.

The report also references several additional candidates for the Knicks opening, highlighted by Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse, David Fizdale and current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Stackhouse is now head coach of the Raptors' affiliate in the G League.


Another interesting name is Villanova head coach Jay Wright.

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

The decision to fire Hornacek was made by Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, according to Wojnarowski.

Robinson, the ex-Oregon State head coach and brother of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama - now is the Knicks' vice president of player and organization development and is considered a long-shot candidate, according to Isola. He had one year remaining on his contract.


"We would like to thank Frank for his contributions to the Orlando Magic".

The Knicks have won only one postseason series since 2002 and didn't get close to competing in one under Hornacek, running their streak to five straight 50-loss debacles.

Hornacek was hired by the team's previous president, Phil Jackson, who parted ways with the club in June 2017 following a disastrous three years on the job. The Knicks are always interesting, for better or worse, and this is a situation to closely monitor in the coming days, especially if the interest progresses into full-fledged discussions between the coach and team.

The Daily News listed other candidates for the job as former Knicks player and ex-Golden State coach Mark Jackson, current Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, one-time National Basketball Association head coaches David Fizdale and David Blatt, and former 76ers player Jerry Stackhouse, a head coach in the National Basketball Association G-League.


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