Finally, the New York Knicks and Jeff Hornacek has reached an agreement with the former Phoenix Suns coach will now call the shot from sidelines in New York. Rumors have it that Hornacek agreed to a three-year $15 million deal with a team option on the final year of the contract.
According to the NY Daily News, Hornacek will be formally introduced as the new Knicks coach by no less than Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson and Knicks’ executive vice president and general manager Steve Mills in a press conference. Jackson, in a statement, praised Hornacek and his understanding of the game.
“Jeff has a tremendous basketball acumen and possesses strong leadership skills,” Jackson said. “During his career as both a player and coach, he has demonstrated the ability to elevate the game.”
In return, Hornacek stated that he is honored and excited to work with Jackson and with the team that has a historic franchise. Hornacek will be the Knicks’ fourth coach in three years and pressure is on his shoulders to bring balance to the team in making it a contender for next season.
“I am extremely excited and honored to be the next coach of such a historic franchise,” Hornacek said. “I look forward to working with Phil – a coach and teacher of the game I have admired for many years – and collaborating with him and our staff to take this team to the level that Knicks fans expect.”
During his stint as head coach of the Suns, Hornacek steered the team to a 48-34 record in his first season as a head coach. Despite the improvement, the Suns still missed the playoffs and Hornacek was named runner-up coach in the NBA Coach of the Year Award, losing to three-time winner Gregg Popovich. He was fired as head coach of the Phoenix Suns last Feb. 1 after two and a half seasons.
Now the question is will Hornacek run the triangle offense since some of the players in the team want to let Hornacek use his own system which worked for the Suns, despite missing the playoff rounds back in the 2013 to 2014 seasons. It would be remembered that Derek Fisher was fired for breaking away from the triangle offense, but Knicks players are rumored to support Hornacek if he will run his own system rather than follow Jackson’s triangle.
Aside from Hornacek other candidates for the post, which had serious searches after Jackson and interim coach Kurt Rambis has a two-day seminar with the team on the triangle, include Luke Walton, David Blatt, and Frank Vogel.
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