Knicks dismiss Jeff Hornacek; candidates include David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson

Knicks dismiss Jeff Hornacek; candidates include David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson

The New York Knicks will reach out to Villanova coach Jay Wright about their head coaching opening, according to the New York Daily News.

Hornacek went 60-104 in his two seasons with the Knicks, and is 161-216 over four-plus seasons with the Knicks and Phoenix Suns.

The front office finished the clean-up by firing Hornacek and former Jackson partner-in-crime Kurt Rambis, who held assistant coach duties with the team. He had one year remaining on his contract.

ESPN reports the former coach was sacked after a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks won against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-98.

Now, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry turn their attention to finding the Knicks' next head coach, a decision that will shape their tenure as team executives.

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The New York Knicks will be looking for different answers next season.

Still just 43 years of age, Stackhouse is one of the youngest and most promising coaching prospects in the National Basketball Association.

Early speculation on possible replacements includes former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt and ex-Knicks great and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, ESPN reported early Thursday.

NY hasn't reached the playoffs in five seasons and has one playoff series win in the past 18 years. Stackhouse has coached Toronto 905, the Raptors' G League affiliate, for the past two seasons. The Knicks now have a chance to try their luck in the free market with a brand new head coach and try to end their playoff drought. The combination hindered the Knicks all season, as NY finished 2016-17 ranked 18th in offensive rating. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek.

Hornacek was hired by then-team president Phil Jackson and then-GM Mills prior to the 2016-17 season.

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