Will the New York Knicks replace Jeff Hornacek with Mark Jackson?
With the New York Knicks not playing well as of late, it looks like their front office is preparing for life after head coach Jeff Hornacek.
With Hornacek not being Steve Mills and Scott Perry’s guy, they’re not attached to him the way Phil Jackson would be if he was still in charge.
Frank Isola of the NY Daily News is reporting that Hornacek will be coaching for his job during the Knicks’ final 37 games of the season.
One name that has come up as a possible replacement for Hornacek is Mark Jackson, according to Isola, who has even heard Doc Rivers’ name tossed around as well.
Hornacek knows how the game works. In theory, he was not hired by Mills or Perry and without a strong allegiance to the front office he is therefore vulnerable. Maybe that’s why two coaches from different staffs told me they keep hearing Jackson’s name floated out as a possible successor when and if the Knicks were to make a change. Even Doc Rivers’ name is making the rounds even though he is under contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
I really like Hornacek and believe his offense has been working for the most part. In his defense, he could use a couple of three point specialists as well as more effort from his players. The effort part could be why the Knicks are thinking about moving on from him.
Jackson of course played for the Knicks and is a native New Yorker who played his college ball at St. Johns University. He was the Golden State Warriors head coach from 2011-2014 and helped them reach the playoffs for two straight years.
I’m not sure if the Knicks should give up on Hornacek already, this team isn’t ready to make a playoff run and New York’s front office admitted before the season that the playoffs aren’t the goal and that developing the young players is.
Then again the Knicks seem to start off hot under Hornacek and then fade by January. Maybe another coach can fix that.
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