With the Knicks once again in the dumps as the regular season comes to an end, it appears a change at head coach is bound to happen.
According to The New York Times' Marc Stein, there aren't many in the NBA that believe Hornacek will be finishing the final year left on his contract with the Knicks. New management in team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry want their own head coach. Hornacek was brought in by former president Phil Jackson, and they supposedly want everything involving him wiped clean.
So who could be a potential target to replace Hornacek? It looks like former Knicks point guard, Mark Jackson, is a top candidate early on.
"The former Knicks guar Mark Jackson keeps coming up as a hot name to succeed Hornacek, amid a growing belief the Knicks' front-office chief -- Scott Perry -- will want to install his own hand-picked choice heading into next season," Stein wrote in his newsletter.
Other than Jackson, former Cavaliers head coach David Blatt is an option as well. Blatt knows Perry from their college days at Princeton, and the coach who was surprising fired in 2016 still has something to prove in the NBA.
"Another name to file away here: The former Cleveland coach David Blatt has a longstanding relationship with the Knicks' president Steve Mills dating to their days as Princeton teammates," Stein added. "You wonder if that'll finally earn Blatt his first meaningful look from an NBA franchise since the Cavaliers fired him in January 2016 while sporting a record of 30-11."
In Hornacek's defense, he wasn't dealt a good hand this season as the team made it clear they are trying to rebuild, and get a younger team out on the floor. What didn't help matter was the fact that Tim Hardaway Jr. was out for an extended period, and just as he returned fully healthy, Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL just before the All-Star break.
However, a Knicks total rebuild would make sense to move on from Hornacek, and find another candidate up for the challenge.