Per the New York Post, "Hornacek had one season left on his contract and the writing was on the wall - with the president stone silent virtually the entire season regarding his head coach". The Knicks are determined to stay on the course of drafting and player development as they await the return of their All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis, who is recovering from a torn ACL and isn't expected to return until midway through next season.
Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was sacked.
Vogel was sacked by the Magic on Thursday about 10 hours after the team wrapped up a 25-57 season, its sixth consecutive losing year.
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The Magic haven't been to the playoffs since Stan Van Gundy's final season with the team in 2012. That's simply not going to cut it. "We thank him for his dedication to NY and wish him the best moving forward".
At least Hornacek was not escorted out the building after showing up for work, which was Don Chaney's fate one distasteful Garden night during the 2003-4 season. The team had different ideas. In Hornacek's first season in New York, Jackson requested that Hornacek blend elements of the triangle offense with what the coach preferred to run. The firing came even though Vogel saw signs the team was headed in the right direction despite players combining to miss more than 200 games this season because of injury and illness.
Mills and general manager Scott Perry said they didn't see enough improvement on the court and enough communication and accountability off it.
That will now be someone else's task. "As a coach, there's just nothing better", he said, according to Nancy Armour of USA TODAY Sports. The replacement for Van Gundy was Jacque Vaughn, who was sacked in February 2015. Those three teams made coaching changes during the regular season, inserting interim head coaches. But then again this is the Knicks so there's always a good chance they'll somehow drop the f*ck out the top 20 of the National Basketball Association draft.