Knicks NBA head coach search: Jay Wright, David Blatt, Mark Jackson

Knicks NBA head coach search: Jay Wright, David Blatt, Mark Jackson

The Knicks have fired coach Jeff Hornacek after two seasons, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thurdays (AEDT).

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.

The Knicks' associate head coach, Kurt Rambis, was also fired.

Embattled GM and legendary coach Phil Jackson (who was sacked before the beginning of the season) hired Jeff Hornacek just two seasons ago and under the Hornacek the Knicks went 60-104, good for the sixth worst record in the National Basketball Association in that time frame. The loss brought New York's record to 29-53, and left the Knicks with the ninth best odds in next month's NBA Draft Lottery.

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. 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. Kristaps Porziņģis is coming off a season-ending ACL injury, but he's undoubtedly the franchise player.

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So, they're looking for a new coach and a fresh start.

Hornacek was hired by then-team president Phil Jackson and then-GM Mills prior to the 2016-17 season. NY also plans to contact Jerry Stackhouse, the head coach of Toronto 905, the Toronto Raptors' G League affiliate, according to sources. Overall, Hornacek was 60-104 during his tenure in NY.

There are several names being floated around as potential candidates, including former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, ex-Cavs coach David Blatt and former Knick Mark Jackson.

NY hasn't reached the playoffs in five seasons and has one playoff series win in the past 18 years.

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