Knicks Morning News (2018.04.16)

  • [NYDN] Knicks meeting with David Blatt, set to interview Mike Woodson
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 3:33:35 PM)

    David Blatt is reportedly flying from overseas next week to interview for the Knicks job.

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale will have to answer for this in interview with Knicks
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 6:46:31 PM)

    The NBA was stunned when current Knicks target David Fizdale got the boot in late November — the longtime assistant-coaching stud getting cut down in just his second season in Memphis. LeBron James, who won two titles with Fizdale in Miami, summed up the league’s reaction in a tweet: “I need some answers. Feels like…

  • [NYPost] Knicks trying to finalize meeting with LeBron’s former coach
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 4:07:45 PM)

    As expected, the Knicks are trying to finalize a meeting with David Blatt, the former Cavaliers coach who interviewed with Phil Jackson in 2016 at president Steve Mills’ urging. According to ESPN, Blatt is out of the country and may not be able to interview until next week. Blatt just won the Euro Cup with…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks-Mike Woodson interest is officially mutual
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:49:47 AM)

    Former Knicks coach Mike Woodson got his wish. One day after telling The Post he would “love” to interview with the Knicks to “finish what I started,” team brass received permission from the Clippers on Sunday to talk to Doc Rivers’ top assistant, according to a league source who confirmed an ESPN report. Woodson was arguably…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks set up several head coaching interviews
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:17:26 PM)

    The Knicks are planning to meet this week with head coaching candidates David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, and Jerry Stackhouse, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Knicks reach out to Jeff Van Gundy,
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:34:30 PM)

    Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry reached out to Jeff Van Gundy’s representatives on Saturday as the team searches for a new head coach, reports the New York Post.

  • [ESPN] Sources: Knicks add Woodson, Blatt to search
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:29:14 PM)

    As the Knicks finalize plans to meet with their top four coaching candidates, they also got permission from the LA Clippers to speak to former head coach Mike Woodson, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors Shake Off Their Late-Season Stumbles and Thrash the Spurs in Game 1
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:45:15 AM)

    Golden State picked up its defense and beat San Antonio, 113-92, on Saturday in the N.B.A. playoffs. In other games, Philadelphia romped and Toronto ended a losing streak.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Playoff Preview: As the Playoffs Begin, the N.B.A.’s Biggest Stars Are Going Ring Hunting
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:00:39 AM)

    The Rockets, Warriors and Cavaliers all think they have an edge in the league’s annual contest for the jewelry that tends to dominate the conversation.

  • [NYTimes] New Coach? New Players? Prayers? How to Fix the Knicks (and Nets)
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:49:32 PM)

    The New York Times asked a handful of interested parties how to restore the luster of New York basketball. And get it started in Brooklyn.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks set to begin interviewing coaching candidates
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:03:29 PM)

    The Knicks are setting up interviews with candidates for their coaching vacancy.

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.04.15)

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: If Anybody Beats the Pacers, It Might Be an Assistant Coach
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 4:08:04 AM)

    They are the surprise team in the NBA playoffs. Two newcomers may be the key to success — and a training coach who put on pads to rough players up a little.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors Shake Off Their Late-Season Stumbles and Thrash the Spurs in Game 1
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:45:15 AM)

    Golden State picked up its defense and beat San Antonio, 113-92, on Saturday in the N.B.A. playoffs. In other games, Philadelphia romped and Toronto ended a losing streak.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Playoff Preview: As the Playoffs Begin, the N.B.A.’s Biggest Stars Are Going Ring Hunting
    (Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:00:39 AM)

    The Rockets, Warriors and Cavaliers all think they have an edge in the league’s annual contest for the jewelry that tends to dominate the conversation.

  • [NY Newsday] Patience might be problem for Kristaps Porzingis
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:12:00 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis did not blow off his exit interview this year.

  • [NY Newsday] Source: Knicks have reached out to numerous reps of coaches
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:50:00 PM)

    They’ve spoken to agents for Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse, source says.

  • [NY Newsday] What’s next for the Knicks this offseason
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:21:45 PM)

    Another important offseason has begun for the Knicks after a fifth straight year of missing the playoffs, a fourth consecutive season with at least 50 losses and a roster that probably won’t be built to win next season, either.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis’ only concern is getting healthy
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:59:01 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis deflected most questions about the future of the Knicks on Saturday, saying his only focus is on returning from a torn left ACL.

  • [ESPN] Porzingis: We have to trust front office
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 1:26:39 PM)

    All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis says he’ll put his trust in the Knicks’ front office to hire the next head coach, and that he wants to remain in New York long term.

  • [NYPost] Mike Woodson: ‘I’d love to be back’ to coach the Knicks
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:01:35 PM)

    Former Knicks coach Mike Woodson chuckled when he was told David Fizdale had an interview scheduled next week with president Steve Mills for the team’s open head-coaching job. “I gave him his first job in Atlanta,’’ Woodson mused about hiring Fizdale in 2004 — though Frizdale worked as a Warriors assistant under Eric Musselman the…

  • [NYPost] Analyzing 6 NYC teams battling through long title droughts
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:55:16 PM)

    We should take note that we live in a time of danger for sporting droughts. It’s almost as if the sporting deities who legislate such things finally wearied of listening to the whining of self-styled “long-suffering” fans, threw up their arms and said enough is enough. Since 2004, the Red Sox ended a World Series…

  • [NYPost] Knicks touch base with Jeff Van Gundy rep for coaching job
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 4:52:37 PM)

    Miracles do happen. After years of frostiness following his resignation in 2001, Jeff Van Gundy could yet be in the mix for the Knicks’ job. Though Van Gundy appears a long shot, multiple sources told The Post that Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry spoke to his representatives Saturday. It is unclear,…

  • [NYPost] Reluctant Kristaps Porzingis isn’t thinking about this Knicks rebuild
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:56:00 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis is now headed back to Latvia to continue his rehab, saying Saturday he can’t focus on the Knicks’ coaching search or their rebuilding plan — just rehabbing his knee. And Porzingis still couldn’t come close to answering when he will play his next game during a guarded 8-minute interview with Knicks beat writers…

  • [NYPost] A Dwyane Wade favorite is getting his interview with Knicks
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:41:42 AM)

    David Fizdale, the former Grizzlies head coach and longtime Heat assistant, told reporters Friday in Oakland, Calif., he would speak with the Knicks and Suns about their vacancies next week. Charlotte, after firing Steve Clifford, also reportedly has major interest. Fizdale was visiting the Warriors’ practice facility Friday — he is friends with Golden State…

  • [SNY Knicks] Trae Young expected to work out for Knicks
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:10:40 PM)

    Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is expected to work out for the Knicks once NBA Draft workouts begin, his father told SNY.tv.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Fizdale to interview with Knicks for coaching job
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:17:06 AM)

    The Daily News reported that David Fizdale will interview with the Knicks for their vacant head coaching position.

  • [NYDN] Metta World Peace throws name into mix for Knicks’ head coach
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 4:41:53 PM)

    If Steve Mills and Scott Perry opt for an out-of-the-box hire, this would certainly classify as one.

  • [NYDN] Knicks officially reach out to both Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 2:33:52 PM)

    The Knicks have contacted the representatives of both Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, the Daily News has learned.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis says focus is on his knee not Knicks’ coaching search
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 11:15:53 AM)

    A year ago Kristaps Porzingis made the ultimate power move by skipping his exit meeting.

  • [NYDN] Things aren’t changing with the Knicks while fans keep buying in
    (Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:17:51 AM)

    A TV commercial for Knicks 2018-19 season tickets ends with the following words: “Experience the next chapter.”

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.04.14)

  • [NYDN] Tim Hardaway Jr. ‘can’t wrap thoughts’ around Knicks management
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 9:39:01 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. did not co-sign with the Knicks on their reasons for canning Jeff Hornacek.

  • [NYDN] Knicks would be wise to get Porzingis’ input on coach in meeting
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 9:37:45 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis is expected to attend player exit meetings on Saturday.

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale says he will interview for Knicks’ coaching job
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 9:37:09 PM)

    David Fizdale, considered by some as a leading candidate for the Knicks’ vacant coaching position, is scheduled to interview next week.

  • [NYDN] Abby Hornacek posts about father and fired Knicks coach, Jeff
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 7:20:34 AM)

    Recently fired Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek still has at least one ardent supporter.

  • [SNY Knicks] A look at the candidates for Knicks head coach
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 11:21:24 PM)

    With the Knicks’ search for a new head coach already underway, here is a look at the top candidates for the position in its early stages.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis expected to sit in exit interview
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 6:42:21 PM)

    Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis will be present at his exit meeting this season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Who will be the Knicks’ next coach?
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 6:50:15 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks GM Perry: ‘There’s a number of options’ to deal with Noah
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:36:35 AM)

    Knicks GM Scott Perry said the team does not yet have a plan regarding center Joakim Noah for the 2018-19 season but will evaluate all options.

  • [NY Newsday] Why Kristaps Porzingis could be a big part of Knicks’ coaching search
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:28:16 PM)

    It seems that everyone has an opinion about who the next Knicks coach should be. Few opinions, however, should carry as much weight as the one that could be delivered Saturday when Kristaps Porzingis meets with Knicks management.

  • [NY Newsday] Steve Clifford could be Knicks’ coaching candidate after getting fired by Hornets
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 1:00:10 PM)

    Could another coach with Long Island ties be joining the list of candidates to replace Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek?

  • [ESPN] Hornets fire Clifford after 36-46 season
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:15:26 AM)

    The Hornets announced Friday that they have fired coach Steve Clifford after a 36-46 season.

  • [NYPost] Van Gundy won’t rule out Knicks return, but backs Jackson, too
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 8:18:29 PM)

    Though his buddy Mark Jackson is up for the same gig, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy hasn’t ruled out being a candidate for the coaching job. However, during a radio interview Friday, he tried mostly to deflect the situation while giving a strong endorsement to his broadcast partner. There’s a sense the awkwardness of…

  • [NYPost] Veteran coach expresses interest in Knicks’ coaching job
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 3:36:21 PM)

    No surprise, Frank Vogel has expressed interest in the Knicks job, according to an NBA source. Vogel, who was lights-out as the Pacers’ head coach (2011-16), was fired by the Magic after consecutive 50-plus loss seasons, posting a 54-110 overall record in Orlando. Knicks general manager Scott Perry, then serving as the Magic assistant GM,…

  • [NYPost] Mark Jackson would love Knicks job: Isiah Thomas
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 8:54:02 AM)

    If Isiah Thomas were still Knicks president and not Liberty president, it sounds like either Mark Jackson or Jason Kidd would be his choice to run the troubled franchise. Appearing on the “Bernie and Sid’’ WABC radio show Friday morning, Thomas gave endorsements for both former Knicks point guards. Kidd, who coached for Brooklyn and…

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Can Winning Become Rollicking Fun Again for the Warriors?
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:32:07 PM)

    The reigning champions have dealt with injuries, complacency and general fatigue, but even without Stephen Curry, they might rediscover the joy.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Playoff Preview: As the Playoffs Begin, the N.B.A.’s Biggest Stars are Going Ring Hunting
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 11:00:08 AM)

    The Rockets, Warriors and Cavaliers all think they have an edge in the league’s annual contest for the jewelry that tends to dominate the conversation.

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.04.13)

  • [NY Newsday] Time for everyone to be on same page of Knicks’ playbook
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:41:50 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y.

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter may gamble and opt out of his contract
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:32:00 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Enes Kanter loves New York. So much so that he is leaning toward opting out of his contract in hopes of getting a new long-term deal with the Knicks.

  • [NY Newsday] Five potential Knicks coaching candidates
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:59:23 PM)

    Mark Jackson

  • [NY Newsday] Tim Hardaway Jr. hoping for coaching stability
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:29:34 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Tim Hardaway Jr. would just like to have one coach long enough to get to know him.

  • [NY Newsday] Steve Mills, Scott Perry emphasize patience as Knicks search for new head coach
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:25:07 PM)

    They say patience is a virtue, and that’s how the Knicks are handling their rebuild.

  • [NY Newsday] New York coaches, managers lack playoff experience
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:23:41 PM)

    The Jets’ Todd Bowles became the dean of New York-area head coaches and managers this week when the Rangers fired Alain Vigneault after five seasons.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:16:00 AM)

    CLEVELAND — The Knicks are looking for a new coach again.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks head coaching candidates
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:47:35 PM)

    Ian Begley and Justine Ward discuss the Knicks’ dismissal of Jeff Hornacek and which coaches could be on the list to succeed him at MSG.

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter plans to opt out of contract, but hopes to remain with Knicks
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:00:57 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks confident in Porzingis’s recovery, but haven’t talked contract
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:15:59 PM)

    When Kristaps Porzingis next plays for the Knicks, he will do so for his fourth coach.

  • [SNY Knicks] With coaching job in flux, Knicks have huge Draft coming up
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:15:09 PM)

    Along with hiring their next head coach, the Knicks also have several major decisions to make with regard to the upcoming NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks already getting calls from interested head coaching candidates
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:58:53 PM)

    Soon after the news broke early Thursday morning that the organization had fired Jeff Hornacek, the Knicks’ brass began getting phone calls from people interested in the head coaching job.

  • [SNY Knicks] Preaching patience, Mills and Perry say they want defensive-minded head coach
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:30:47 PM)

    Mills said the new coach needs the understand that “the three of us are in this together.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Jeff Van Gundy could be legitimate candidate for Knicks job
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 10:45:07 AM)

    ESPN’s Ian Begley told SNY that Van Gundy will be an “interesting” name to watch, and Frank Isola of the NY Daily News told SNY he believes Van Gundy “still has an attachment to The Garden and to the Knicks.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks expected to contact Nova’s Jay Wright for coaching vacancy
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 10:25:21 AM)

    With Jeff Hornacek relieved of his duties following the Knicks’ final game of the season Wednesday night, the search for a new head coach is on for team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Knicks Coaching Job Criteria: The Best Qualified for Losing
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 1:32:11 AM)

    With its franchise player out, absorbing losses while trying to rebuild will be important for the new Knicks coach, along with a thick skin.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Fire Coach Jeff Hornacek
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:26:16 PM)

    He was brought on two years ago with hopes of making the team a playoff contender. Instead, he presided over two losing seasons.

  • [NYTimes] Diamond DeShields’s Path to the W.N.B.A. Took Her From Tennessee to Turkey
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:52:47 PM)

    DeShields, expected to be a top-10 pick in the W.N.B.A. draft on Thursday, skipped her final year with the Lady Vols to play professionally overseas.

  • [NYTimes] New Coach? New Players? Prayers? How to Fix the Knicks (and Nets)
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:35:28 PM)

    The New York Times asked a handful of interested parties how to restore the luster of New York basketball. And get it started in Brooklyn.

  • [NYPost] Breaking down pros and cons of the Knicks’ coaching candidates
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:32:08 PM)

    Here are some of the pros and cons of candidates to be the Knicks’ new head coach: Mark Jackson Pro: Many Knicks fans would adore the move, a storybook return of a local hero to save a dead franchise. Con: Steve Mills and Scott Perry harped on wanting a coach to work as a team…

  • [NYPost] Coaching decision will define Steve Mills-Scott Perry regime
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:03:31 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. looked closer to 36 years old than 26 on Thursday, as he contemplated the fifth head-coaching change in his five-year NBA career. “It would be great to have a coach for more than two years,” Hardaway mused a few hours after the Knicks officially announced the firing of Jeff Hornacek. “It’s been…

  • [NYPost] Knicks clam up when asked about Porzingis’ contract
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:03:34 PM)

    Before getting fired, Jeff Hornacek gave a clue on how the Knicks might handle locking up Kristaps Porzingis long term when he raved about the franchise’s bright future. Hornacek said the benefit of 2019 free agency, when the Knicks have cap space, is they still can re-sign Porzingis and creatively go over the salary cap,…

  • [NYPost] The type of coach that the Knicks need
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:15:44 PM)

    Here is the worst cop-out in all of professional basketball: “How much difference does a coach really make in the NBA? If you have the talent, you win. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter how pretty your X’s and O’s look, you won’t.” Look, talent matters. And if you’re going to win a championship, talent…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter’s opt-out plan is a huge Knicks risk
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:04:45 PM)

    Enes Kanter wants a new contract, not a new home. Prior to his exit meeting with Knicks management Thursday, the big man said he is leaning towards opting out of the one year remaining on his contract — worth $18.6 million — and hopes to return to New York on a long-term deal. “I was…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah now has chance to end Knicks exile
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:50:49 AM)

    At least one player has no issue with Jeff Hornacek’s firing. Joakim Noah has been in exile from the Knicks since having a heated verbal altercation with the former coach on Jan. 25, but the exit of Hornacek could open the door for reconciliation between the former All-Star and the franchise. Noah, who has played…

  • [NYPost] Knicks detail everything that was wrong with Jeff Hornacek
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:59:13 AM)

    In a conference room at Westchester Airport, the ax fell. Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry laid out to Jeff Hornacek his shortcomings that led to his firing in the early morning Thursday after landing from Cleveland. They believed Hornacek didn’t establish a defensive culture, a strong enough connection or communication with…

  • [NYDN] 8 intriguing Knicks coaching candidates after firing of Hornacek
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:23:58 PM)

    An even year in this decade usually means the Knicks have a head coaching spot to fill.

  • [NYDN] Responsibility finally falls on Steve Mills after firing Hornacek
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:48:23 PM)

    This is Mills’ show, for better or worse.

  • [NYDN] Knicks brass discusses Jeff Hornacek firing, coaching search
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:24:55 PM)

    Knicks team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry addressed the media Thursday after the firing of coach Jeff Hornacek.

  • [NYDN] Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy obvious picks for Knicks’ next coach
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:21:05 PM)

    While 16 teams prepare for the postseason, the Knicks are preparing for what they do often but not necessarily well; search for a new coach.

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter leaning toward opting out of Knicks contract
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:05:03 PM)

    Enes Kanter said he’s leaning toward opting out of his contract with a goal of signing long term.

  • [NYDN] INTERACTIVE: 2018 Knicks Keep ‘Em Dump ‘Em
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 10:37:45 AM)

    Who should stay and who needs to go? Vote on which New York Knicks players and staff to keep and which to dump.

  • [NYDN] Knicks to reach out to Villanova’s Jay Wright about coaching job
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:02:51 AM)

    The Knicks intend to contact Villanova’s Jay Wright about their head coaching vacancy, the Daily News has learned.

  • [ESPN] Knicks cite lack of accountability in firing
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:10:02 PM)

    Citing a lack of accountability and consistency for the firing of Jeff Hornacek, Knicks management said the team’s new coach will need to understand today’s player and game. David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson and Jerry Stackhouse are candidates.

  • [ESPN] How many years away are the Knicks now?
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:45:49 PM)

    The Knicks are looking for a new coach and getting younger. So what should fans expect from a franchise notorious for short-term thinking?

  • [ESPN] Who’s out, who’s in: NBA coaching changes
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:07:02 PM)

    Three head coaches lost their jobs during the season, and more moves are expected this offseason. We’re keeping track of every change on the sidelines around the NBA.

  • ESPN.com: Sources: Knicks dismiss Jeff Hornacek; candidates include David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson

    From Woj:

    The New York Knicks dismissed coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday morning, league sources told ESPN.

    Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry informed Hornacek of his firing upon the team’s return to suburban New York following a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks beat the Cavaliers 110-98.

    Hornacek had one year left on his contract. Kurt Rambis, associate head coach under Hornacek, was also dismissed.

    Talk about burying the lede! Our long national nightmare of Kurt Rambis is finally over!!

    Seriously, though, as pumped as I am to finally be free of Rambis, it is sad to see Hornacek go. Not because I liked him all that much as a coach, but because I seriously fear the unknown with this franchise. The bird in the hand with the Knicks is sadly often your best bet.

    This is the chance, though, for Scott Perry to impress us all by not hiring Mark Jackson.

    They’re hiring Mark Jackson, aren’t they?

    Knicks Morning News (2018.04.12)

  • [NY Newsday] Five potential Knicks coaching candidates
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:07:13 AM)

    Mark Jackson

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek, source says
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:02:43 AM)

    CLEVELAND — The Knicks are looking for a new coach again.

  • [NY Newsday] Five Knicks questions heading into the offseason
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:48:46 AM)

    1. Who will coach the Knicks?

  • [NY Newsday] Jeff Hornacek wants to continue what he started with Knicks
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:25:50 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek said Wednesday morning that he hopes to be able to finish what he started and follow through with the plan that he and Knicks president Steve Mills put together after Phil Jackson was fired last summer.

  • [NYTimes] New Coach? New Players? Prayers? How to Fix the Knicks (and Nets)
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 10:04:38 AM)

    The New York Times asked a handful of interested parties how to restore the luster of New York basketball. And get it started in Brooklyn.

  • [NYTimes] Andre Ingram Got a Cup of Coffee and Turned It Into a Shooting Show
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:27:29 AM)

    A veteran of the N.B.A.’s development league, Ingram was called up by the Lakers and became the oldest American rookie in at least 50 years. Then he started scoring.

  • [NYDN] Knicks fire Jeff Hornacek after two disappointing seasons
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:42:28 PM)

    Starting what feels like a biannual occurrence, the Knicks are officially looking for another coach.

  • [NYDN] Knicks beat Cavs to close out season, drop lottery odds
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:26:10 PM)

    If this was indeed Jeff Hornacek’s final game, he ended it with a victory the front office probably didn’t want.

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek makes his pitch to return to the Knicks
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:15:33 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek plans to discuss his future with the Knicks front office on Thursday.

  • [NYPost] Hornacek finds out it’s not safe to be coach in New York now
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:08:30 PM)

    Coaching in our town is always perilous work. We know that. They certainly know it. You can’t take one of these nine jobs without knowing that there will be heat from Day 1, scrutiny from Hour 1, stress from Minute 1. But even judged against New York’s unforgiving standards, this is an especially hazardous time….

  • [NYPost] Mark Jackson 1 of 8 candidates who may be Knicks’ next coach
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:42:54 PM)

    Who’s got next? An early look at likely candidates to replace Jeff Hornacek: Mark Jackson He’s the fans’ top choice. The Queens/St. John’s product who had two stints as the Knicks point guard would seem a natural. But the Steve Mills/Scott Perry front office is big on creating a convivial family vibe, and Jackson reportedly…

  • [NYPost] Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after two porous seasons
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:57:37 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Jeff Hornacek got his expected pink slip. It occurred after landing in New York early Thursday morning after the plane ride home from Cleveland after the Knicks beat the Cavaliers in the season finale, an NBA source confirmed. Knicks president Steve Mills, general manager Scott Perry and player development director Craig Robinson made…

  • [NYPost] Knicks snag meaningless win over Cavs, fall to 9th lottery seed
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:42:10 PM)

    CLEVELAND — The Knicks won one for Jeff Hornacek and lost one for lottery odds. By beating the depleted Cavaliers, 110-98, the Knicks finished with a 29-53 record to end up with the ninth lottery seed. The Knicks would have tied for the eighth seed had they lost Wednesday, in what is likely Hornacek’s final…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony doesn’t care how he got back to playoffs
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 3:06:19 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Carmelo Anthony didn’t exactly light the NBA on fire this season, but he’s back in the playoffs while the Knicks head to the golf course following their season finale Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. At times, the 33-year-old Anthony became an afterthought in the Thunder offense, and his shooting percentage continued to plummet….

  • [NYPost] It’s not Jeff Hornacek’s coaching that likely will get him fired
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:59:03 PM)

    Coaching in our town is always perilous work. We know that. They certainly know it. You can’t take one of these nine pro jobs without knowing there will be heat from Day 1, scrutiny from Hour 1, stress from Minute 1. But even judged against New York’s unforgiving standards, this is an especially hazardous time….

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek isn’t going down without a fight
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:51:01 AM)

    CLEVELAND — Embattled Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, entering his likely swan song Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, emphatically made his case to remain on the job next season. Hornacek said the organization should preach “patience.” In a 10-minute interview at the morning shootaround, Hornacek said the “rebuilding’’ Knicks are on the right path and “it’s…

  • [SNY Knicks] Jeff Hornacek fired as head coach of the Knicks
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:41:47 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek fired as head coach of the Knicks

  • [SNY Knicks] In win over Cavs, Knicks notch ninth seed in NBA Draft Lottery
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:21:30 AM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks collect 110-98 win over Cavs in final game of season
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:45:26 PM)

    Luke Kornet led the Knicks with a career-high 23 points, as they captured a 110-98 win over the Cavs in their final game of the 2017-18 season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m.
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 7:00:15 PM)

    The Knicks have gone 4-16 in their last 20 games, averaging 105.5 points per game, and that includes 128-, 124-, and 122-point nights. Remove those and New York averaged 102.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek preaches patience in advance of potential Knicks swan song
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:30:33 PM)

    Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is confident his team is on the verge of being competitive.

  • [ESPN] NBA to hold drawings for draft tiebreakers
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:11:23 AM)

    Random drawings by the NBA on Friday afternoon will break several significant ties in the pre-lottery NBA draft standings.

  • [ESPN] Sources: Knicks part ways with coach Hornacek
    (Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:48:17 AM)

    The Knicks dismissed coach Jeff Hornacek after two seasons, league sources told ESPN. The team went 60-104 under Hornacek, the sixth-worst record in the NBA over that stretch.

  • [ESPN] Hornacek to discuss future with Knicks brass
    (Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:20:48 PM)

    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who is under contract for next season, said he’d love to return and will discuss his future with team executives on Thursday.

  • 2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks @ Cavaliers

    The Knicks’ 2017-18 season comes to a merciful end tonight. The chances are high that the Knicks will lose this one, since the Cavaliers still have something to play for. They are currently the #4 seed and getting to the #3 seed (and a second round match-up with the Kyrie-less Celtics) is clearly a very juicy place to be, so the Cavs will be playing to win and the Cavs are much better than the Knicks, so even if the Knicks try to win (and they will try to win, because they’re morons), the Cavs should pull this out. So that would mean a tie for the #8 seed and possibly even a three-way tie for the #7 seed if the Nets win tonight against the Celtics!

    Do note that Kevin Love and Kyle Korver will rest this game and Lebron might be pulled early. The only slight problem would be if the Bucks intentionally lose to the Sixers so that the Bucks would drop to the #7 seed and play the Celtics in the first round. If the Sixers are blowing the Bucks out, the Cavs might pull Lebron, as well, and who knows? They could want to make sure the Nets don’t tie the Knicks for the #8 seed, but I doubt they would do that.

    Around the league, two huge games today between the Utah Jazz and Portland Trailblazers playing for the #3 seed (it is insane how amazing Gobert is – he took a shitty team and made them good almost singlehandedly) and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets playing for the #8 seed (it would be too funny to see Thibs lose out on the playoffs after burning his guys out for Year 312).

    This is prooooobably the last game that Jeff Hornacek will coach for the Knicks. Scott Perry has made some poor moves to go with some good moves (signing Trey Burke certainly looks really good), but he hasn’t made any, “Oh no, how could you?” moves, unlike Steve Mills. He hasn’t done a Mega Max Melo or a Bargnani trade or a no match Lin or a signing Joakim Noah or a trading for Derrick Rose or a signing THJ or anything like that, so I will cross my fingers and hope that he somehow avoids hiring Mark Jackson to coach this team. Come on, Perry, I want to believe in you! Give me a reason to believe in you! Don’t hire Mark Jackson!

    Let’s go, Nick Young! Swaggy P!