Phil Jackson has found his man. Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck is reporting that the New York Knicks have hired Jeff Hornacek to be their next head coach.
Breaking: Knicks will hire Jeff Hornacek as head coach, per NBA source.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 18, 2016
Hornacek previously coached the Phoenix Suns for just short of three seasons, amassing a 101-112 record.
While his first two seasons in the desert yielded no playoff appearances, Hornacek’s Suns did post a solid 87-77 record. They peaked in his first year with a 48-34 mark. He was fired 49 games into the 2015-16 season after compiling a 14-35 record.
He will take over a Knicks job that has become one of the worst in the league. New York has not made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season. In the three seasons since, the Knicks have posted an ugly 86-160 record.
Under Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis, New York was 32-50 last season. They also don’t have a first-round pick in June’s draft.
Still, with players like Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, Hornacek does inherit a job with some decent building blocks.