Jeff Hornacek was interviewed by New York Knicks President Phil Jackson on Monday. Within two days following that meeting, the Knicks have reportedly decided to hire the former Phoenix Suns coach as their new boss.
It’s very interesting to see the Knicks‘ hiring Hornacek as their new head coach. His modern, up-tempo style of offense has nothing in common with the triangle system which Jackson prefers to continue with, but he could be the man the Knicks were looking for a person who is able to get them to the basket easily, something the team lacked miserably last season. And they need to work-out on this to meet their goal of making a return to the playoffs.
ESPN’s Ian Begley and New York Post’s Marc Berman confirmed the news that Hornacek is going to take charge as Knicks‘ new head coach.
Hornacek was widely considered the man to replace Luke Walton as the Warriors assistant coach since the latter has signed the head coach’s contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the latest entry in the Knicks‘ search list for the head coach’s job.
Phil Jackson wanted to retain interim coach Kurt Rambis, but Carmelo Anthony wanted a new guy at the bench. Finally, Jackson interviewed David Blatt, Frank Vogel before meeting Hornacek. Unlike Rambis, Vogel and Blatt, the former NBA guard and Suns’ head coach has no previous personal or professional ties with Jackson or general manager Steve Mills. He was sacked by the Suns in February after a two and a half-year stint. He posted a 101-112 win record in 213 games without any playoff berth at Suns.
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