On This Date: Knicks fire Jeff Hornacek

April 12th 2018: Knicks fire Jeff Hornacek

The Knicks fired Jeff Hornacek less than 24 hours after their final game of the regular season. Steve Mills & Scott Perry informed Hornacek of the decision after the team plane landed in Westchester County Airport in the wee hours of the night. Rather than waiting days after the season ended, the front office wanted to notify Hornacek immediately to start the process of finding a new coach.

Hornacek was a carryover from the Phil Jackson era with one additional season remaining on his contract. Although Steve Mills was part of the hiring process, Hornacek wasn’t someone either one of them felt was the future coach for the rebuilding process.

Due to the Kristaps Porzingis injury, the team wanted to pivot into a rebuilding process. Therefore, both Perry & Mills felt a new coach was necessary to provide a new identity for what would be one of the youngest teams in the league.

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