Report: Knicks to Hire Jeff Hornacek as Next Head Coach

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New York Knicks fans can breathe a sigh of relief—it looks like the team won't be hiring noted horndog Kurt Rambis, a.k.a. Byron Scott East, as their next head coach.

According to Howard Beck, New York will instead hire former Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek.

A 15-year veteran and former All-Star who played for the Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, and Utah Jazz, Hornacek coached Phoenix to a surprising 48-34 record in 2013-14, his first year as a head coach at any level. They went 39-43 the following year, and Hornacek was fired after a 14-35 start this season.

And apparently Knicks fans can breathe a second sigh of relief, because according to Jeff Van Gundy, Hornacek won't be required to run Phil Jackson's beloved triangle offense in New York.

"The things I've heard is that he's not going to be required to run the triangle," the former Knicks coach told Sirius XM Radio on Wednesday. "Which is smart from the standpoint that he's never taught it before. So you don't want to come in trying [something] that you've never played in or taught. I'm interested in that. But I think it's an inspired choice."

Jackson also reportedly met with former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt regarding the position. Many expected the Knicks president to hire Rambis, Jackson's long-time friend and last year's interim coach, whose coaching past is so miserable it's inspired a #NeverRambis movement on Twitter.

It's worth noting a deal has yet to be reached.



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