Knicks reportedly will hire Jeff Hornacek as head coach

Jeff Hornacek (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

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The New York Knicks will hire Jeff Hornacek to be their next head coach, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Knicks president Phil Jackson had met with Frank Vogel and David Blatt in addition to the interview with Hornacek as he tried to find a permanent answer at head coach. Jackson had received criticism in recent weeks after he went on vacation at one of the busiest times of the year for an NBA executive. 

Jackson seemed to intimate that Kurt Rambis would be his choice to land the gig permanently, after Rambis filled in on an interim basis this past season once Derek Fisher was released. While it’s unclear whether there was pressure from ownership to go in a different direction, Hornacek reportedly had a high level of respect from Jackson as a player, and was also a teammate of Rambis’ when the two played for the Phoenix Suns from 1989-1992.

Hornacek, 53, was dealt a tough hand in his final campaign in Phoenix, and was dismissed 49 games into the season. He had an overall winning percentage of .474 in two-plus seasons as head coach of the Suns.