GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- 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.
Knicks GM Scott Perry declined to reveal any names or give out a list but said people are already lining up to succeed Hornacek.
"This morning we started getting calls," Perry said at the Knicks training facility. "We have not talked to the official candidates yet but we've gotten calls from their representatives. I left my phone in my office. I will probably have about 20 [messages] when I get back in there. ...\ We feel this will be a very attractive job to a lot of candidates."
Among the names already linked to the job are former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt and former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, but Perry and Knicks President Steve Mills said they will not limit themselves to pro coaches and would consider college coaches, too. Villanova coach Jay Wright, who is coming off his second NCAA championship in three years, has already been linked to the job.
"I think we're going to be very open to exploring a number of different candidates," Perry said. "We'll try to come close to that and we're confident that we'll find someone who's a good fit and will carry out our vision for this organization."
Mills and Perry both said they're looking for someone who can work well in the modern NBA.
"We're going to be looking for a coach that can hold players accountable, hold the coaching staff accountable," Perry said. "Someone who has not only a good basketball mind but is a skilled communicator, effective leader, a guy who can connect very well with today's players."
With NBA Draft workouts coming up and the Draft set for June 21 at Barclays Center, Mills and Perry said they are in no rush to hire someone by a certain date.
There is "no timetable," Perry said. "We're going to get to work on that very soon. We're going to do our due diligence to find the right guy to take us to that next level."
Knicks guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. said his next coach will be the fifth of his career and he's looking for some stability.
"It would be great to have a coach that I could have for more than two years," he said. "It's been tough throughout my career having a bunch of different philosophies and a bunch of different styles of play.
"I hope the next coach can come here, make a statement, show that he's all in and we can get this show on the road."