GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks are 23-32 and have lost their best player for the remainder of the season, but GM Scott Perry gave head coach Jeff Hornacek a vote of confidence on Wednesday.
Asked if the franchise was looking to make any staff changes, Perry said: "No, we're not looking to make any changes. We're evaluating the entire season. Jeff and his group are working really hard with this basketball team and doing the very best they can and obviously this is an adversity for them to deal with [Kristaps Porzingis] being out but I'm confident that they'll be able to do a good job of keeping this team playing hard and playing together. That's what we'll be looking at moving forward."
Both former Knick point guard Mark Jackson and former Cavs coach David Blatt have been speculated as possible successors to Hornacek, who signed a three-year deal before the 2016-17 season. Blatt maintains a close relationship with Knicks President Steve Mills.
Hornacek is 54-83 during his tenure in New York, which included a 31-51 season a year ago when he was forced to play aspects of Phil Jackson's triangle offense. For his career, Hornacek is 155-195 (.443).
After the Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony during training camp, this year's team started off 16-13, but have gone 7-19 since. They will now play out the string without Porzingis while showcasing their younger players.
"We're still trying to win games," Hornacek said. "We're still trying to develop our guys. This is going to give them an opportunity to get some minutes and see what they can do against NBA guys. We've seen some of it, because they practice with us, and we see what they can do against our guys. So I'm excited for them to have that opportunity. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of a trade and KP's injury, but that's sometimes how it is, and again, if we look at maybe a little bright side is these guys are going to get an opportunity that when KP does come back, hopefully we all get better."