Jeff Hornacek was hoping to convince New York Knicks brass that he deserved another season as the team's head coach during Thursday's exit meetings.
Since taking over as head coach two seasons ago, Hornacek won 60 games and lost 104 which is good for sixth worst over that stretch according to ESPN. Additionally, ESPN reports that the Knicks plan to contact Jerry Stackhouse, the head coach of Toronto 905, the Raptors' G League affiliate.
On cue, the 56-year-old head coach is reportedly garnering interest from a club and it comes in the form of the New York Knicks.
BC-BKN-Knicks-Hornacek Fired, 4th Ld-Writethru, 552Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasonsAP Photo TKSK105, MSG102Eds: Updates with quote from statement; Restores previous. With another year and $5 million left on his contract, Hornacek becomes the newest member of Dolan's exclusive Club Go-Away, which still includes Jackson.
Former team president Phil Jackson hired Hornacek ahead of the 2016-2017 season.
The Knicks haven't made the postseason since 2013, and have one playoff series win in the past 18 years. Vaughn was followed by interim coach James Borrego (now a San Antonio assistant), then Scott Skiles (who lasted one season), then Vogel. "It's hard to do anything because all you're thinking about is not to mess up".
Many Knicks' coaches and executives have enjoyed lengthy quality time off with pay, one reason, as Perry said, "this will be an attractive job for a lot of coaches". A coaching legend in Europe, Blatt had a 83-40 record in his year and half with the Cavs, including a berth in the Finals in his lone full season of National Basketball Association coaching experience.
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. However, there are a number of other teams interested in him too, namely the Orlando Magic.