Jeff Hornacek‘s days as coach of the New York Knicks may be numbered, as the franchise underwhelmed in his first season at the helm last year by missing the playoffs despite having a talented roster and are in the lottery again this season.
This year alone, Joakim Noah and Kyle O’Quinn have gotten into verbal altercations with Hornacek and star forward Kristaps Porzingis cursed Hornacek out last year during practice.
As Marc Berman of the New York Post writes, many around the NBA do not expect the Knicks to retain Hornacek and the club might have some potential targets in mind.
“As Hornacek’s Knicks stint winds down to perhaps its final seven games, players may be displaying a level of rebellion that could be expected when led by a coach they know may not be back next season. The feeling around the league is Hornacek won’t be brought back by [president] Steve Mills and [general manager] Scott Perry and that the club may target Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson.”
Rivers is under contract with the Los Angeles Clippers through the 2019 season while Jackson is currently a TV analyst with ESPN. Jackson has been heavily linked to the Knicks, as he played for New York and had a solid run as coach of the Golden State Warriors.