On Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (22-10) defeated the San Antonio Spurs (26-9) by the score of 100-83. Box Score

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Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 23 points on 9-20 shooting from the field. He added eight rebounds and three assists.

J.R. Smith scored 20 points off the bench and was a +27. He added five rebounds, three assists and has scored 20+ for the fifth consecutive game coming off the bench.

The Spurs were led in scoring by Gary Neal (!!) as he scored 12 points off the bench. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each scored 11 points and only played 24 minutes.

Pablo Prigioni had six points, three steals and a game high nine assists in 27 minutes off the bench. Jason Kidd only played 21 minutes and five points, three assists and two rebounds.

Tyson Chandler had 10 points and a game high 14 rebounds with four assists.

Steve Novak scored 15 points off the bench, hitting on five of his seven three point attempts. Amar'e Stoudemire had 10 points and two rebounds in 21 minutes of action off the bench.

The Knicks out-rebounded the Spurs 48-35 and had a 26-14 advantage over the Spurs in assists.

The Spurs had averaged an NBA best 105.9 points per game and had averaged 111.7 points in their seven game winning streak.

The Knicks have swept the season series from the Spurs for the first time since the 2002-2003 season.

The Knicks have still not lost two games in a row at home since Mike Woodson took over as head coach.

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Before the game tonight, Mike Woodson told the media that the Spurs were "the best team in the NBA". For one night, the Knicks made them look like one of the worst. The Knicks moved the ball, hit threes and played great defense from wire to wire. The formula that won them so many games earlier in the season was back in full force tonight. The Knicks heard the criticism from the outside and from the coaching staff about their defense and slow starts. Against a great team in the Spurs, they ended those trends with authority. The Knicks are now 4-0 against the Spurs and the Heat this season and have won by 17+ in three of those wins. Not bad at all.

- Carmelo Anthony did a nice job throughout the night battling the Spurs defense, to not only find his own shot, but move the ball to find the open man. His energy and talents are so key for the Knicks and, as obvious as this is, the Knicks are so much better when he is out there playing at his best, like he has all season. I really have no desire to see the Knicks play any more games this season without Melo being able to play. The Knicks are Carmelo Anthony's team and his great play this season bears that out. The Knicks are 19-7 with him and 3-3 without him.

- J.R. Smith has been so good replacing the scoring that was lost when Raymond Felton went out with his injury. Tonight when he came into the game, he once again proved that coming off the bench just works for him and it's what the Knicks need from him. I know that most of the fans want him to start, but his minutes during games are really starter type minutes and he is perfect for the 6th man role. He has been so good this season that now people are starting to wonder if he could make a run at the All-Star game. I think it would tough for him to make it, but he most certainly is playing at an All-Star Level. Also, this alley-oop he had off the beautiful feed from Prigioni was just ridiculous.

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- Amar'e Stoudemire was solid and certainly took another step forward in his return from pre-season knee surgery. He is missing that explosiveness around the rim and is still rusty with the jumper, but those will come in time.  I think the more he plays and gets comfortable out there, the better he will be. STAT is an important part of the future success of this team and I think there will be more positive to come from his return than negative.

- Give Mike Woodson credit for seeing that Kurt Thomas is just not worth starting at this point and trying Camby at the power forward spot. He give the Knicks more length inside and better interior defense and it showed tonight. The Knicks dominated the boards against a good rebounding team in the Spurs and forced them into a lot of jump shots as well. I think that once Felton comes back, the lineup will see Melo back at the four. But, the idea of Camby, Sheed and Stat being able to come off the bench, spell Chandler and help against bigger teams, will be important as the season goes on.

- What a nice job from Pablo Prigioni tonight off the bench. The first thing that he allowed the Knicks to do was to limit Jason Kidd's minutes after he had been playing 30+ since Felton went down. The other thing he was doing was making smart, aggressive decisions with the basketball. He drove the lane, found the open man and was orchestrating the offense at an exceptional level.  His play has been up and down this season as he gets used to the NBA style of basketball, but if he can build off this game, the Knicks will be in good shape until Shumpert and Felton come back.

- The Spurs are a great team, and yes they most certainly looked tired playing their fourth game in five nights, but every team deals with that. I refuse to allow anyone to use that as a way to downplay this win for the Knicks. Considering the struggles that they had the past two games against Portland and Sacramento, they were able to take full advantage of the tired Spurs and hammer them. Lets be honest, a tired Spurs team is still a lot better than a fully rested Kings and Blazers team, and the Knicks took care of business tonight.

The Knicks showed that the style of play, that had seen them become so successful earlier in the year, was just on a small hiatus. For the first time since Rasheed Wallace went down, the defense was aggressive, suffocating and frustrating for the opposition all night long. The Knicks in games like this look like the best team in the league and you can only hope that more performances like this are in the future. With games coming up, against Boston, Indiana and Chicago, the Knicks will need to play this well and if they do, will once again reassert their dominance in the Eastern Conference.

Coming up next, the Knicks are back on the road, looking to continue their winning ways as they go up against, Jameer Nelson, Aaron Afflalo and the Orlando Magic. The game will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday and will be shown on MSG.

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Apr 22, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee (10) before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Apr 22, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee (10) before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

Former Knicks forward David Lee gave a glowing testimonial of his former coach Mark Jackson, who is in the running to become the Knicks next head coach. 

After the team fired Jeff Hornacek on the back of another disappointing season, Jackson has become a hot name to replace him. If the Knicks were to appoint the former Warriors coach, Lee believes it'd be a smart decision.

"He has a very smart perspective looking at the game,'' Lee said...

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The Knicks' head coaching search will take them overseas. 

New York is expected to travel to Europe to meet with former Cavaliers head coach David Blatt some time next week, per EPSN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley. 

Blatt became the head coach of the Cavaliers back in 2014, where he led Cleveland to the NBA Finals. However, his team would lose to the Spurs. He would coach the Cavs the next season as well, however, he was fired after 41 games.

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(Geoff Burke)

The Knicks have set up yet another interview for their head coach vacancy, as Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer will meet with the team Sunday, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

It was reported earlier by Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Cunningham that Atlanta granted the Knicks permission to speak with Budenholzer.

 

The list of candidates New York has includes former coaches, but Budenholzer makes the first current NBA head coach to receive an interview. He has been at the helm for the Hawks since Atlanta made him head coach before the 2013-14 season, where he led his team to a modest 38-44 record. However, next season saw a major change with a 60-22 record and 16 postseason games. 

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Talk to Jerry Stackhouse's players with the Raptors 905 G League team, and they say he would make a tremendous NBA coach.

The former North Carolina star reportedly interviewed for the Knicks opening this week, and has also been linked to the openings in Charlotte and Orlando.

"Everybody knows where Stack wants to go and everybody knows he wants to go to the NBA, so I think we all know that's the next step in his career," Andre Washington, a 7-foot-1 center with the Raptors 905 G League team, said by phone. "Whether he's back or not next year, I'd love for him to be my coach next year but if not I'd be happy for him either way."

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Kenny Smith (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Brown | Twitter: The Knicks interviewing Kenny Smith has to be out of courtesy or a favor from Scott Perry. There shouldn't be a chance in the world that Smith actually receives the head coaching job. If he does, it will quite possibly be the shocker of the century.

Perry knows, despite telling the media the contrary, that a guy with no experience just isn't a fit for this job at this point. The Knicks are not in a position where they can go with a rookie head coach. They have enough youth and inexperience on the roster. The last thing they could use at this point of their rebuild is someone who hasn't done the job elsewhere. In fact, the Knicks have only hired one head coach with zero experience, which was Derek Fisher, and we all know how that turned out.

With the right team in the right situation, hiring a head coach without experience would make sense. The Warriors hiring Steve Kerr made sense because he was coaching a stacked roster that had enough talent to win championships and start a dynasty. Kerr also had some experience in the front office as the GM with the Suns.

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Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks owner James Dolan has no definitive answer on when Kristaps Porzingis will return from a torn ACL-- he might even sit out all of next season. 

ACL recoveries typically take 6-to-9 months, but the Knicks could be without Porzingis for more than a year after he went down in early February. The injury happened as he fell awkwardly after a dunk against the Bucks.

"I've been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don't know what to expect on that," Dolan told Larry Brooks of NY Post. "But we can't just sit on our [expletive] while he's away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back."

The 22-year-old Porzingis was averaging 22.9 points through 47 games for the Knicks in his third NBA season.

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Knicks GM Scott Perry said that head coaching experience in the NBA doesn't matter in their search for a new head coach, and it looks like they weren't bluffing. 

The Knicks are expected to conduct an interview with former NBA player and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith on Friday, per ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.  

Smith, who has never coached at the professional or collegiate level, has been a head coach candidate in the past. He interviewed to be the head coach of his former Rockets team back in 2016, but the job eventually went to former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni.

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MSG executive chairman James Dolan is currently searching for two head coaches, with the Knicks and Rangers letting Jeff Hornacek and Alain Vigneault go just hours after they completed their final regular season games. For Hornacek, in particular, Dolan says he wasn't adapting to the way players deal with coaches and management in today's game. That was the main reason the Knicks wanted to make a change. 

"I think Hornacek had the same kind of issue that Phil did in that he didn't grasp how different the players are now in the way they think and deal with management and the coaches," Dolan told The Post's Larry Brooks. "I think he was way behind on that. 

Jake Brown | Twitter | James Dolan had to react to why the Knicks needed a change from Jeff Hornacek...even though Dolan isn't the go-to guy for how to do your job. We all know Dolan is far from one of the better owners in sports, but that's another story for another day. Dolan is 100 percent right on Hornacek not being able to grasp how different players are now and how they deal with coaches. It's a completely different game from when Hornacek played in the NBA in the 90's, and Hornacek just doesn't relate with the players. He wasn't the voice that the Knicks needed. The best part about Dolan saying that about both Hornacek and Phil Jackson is that...he hired them...

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The Lowdown: David Fizdale 00:00:39
SNY.tv gets the lowdown on former Memphis head coach David Fizdale as a candidate for the Knicks head coaching position.

David Fizdale, who is one of the Knicks' head-coaching candidates, has one endorsement that says he will be great with whoever decides to employ him next season. 

Before becoming the head coach of the Grizzlies, Fizdale spent eight seasons with the Heat after his stint in Atlanta. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra met Fizdale in 2006, and kept him on his staff once he got the head job in 2008. 

Spolestra had nothing but praises for one of his "best friends" when asked what he brings to the table for any team looking for a new head coach next season. 

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The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Knicks' decision to interview Mark Jackson for their vacant head coaching job.

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(Carlos Osorio)

After all the great minds he has been mentored by and the years of NBA playing time under his belt, coaching has always been in Jerry Stackhouse's future. 

At least, that is what former NBA head coach and current Alabama head coach Avery Johnson saw in his former player.

Stackhouse is in town this week to meet with Knicks execs as the first head coaching candidate for the vacant position in Madison Square Garden. And though he may not have NBA head coaching experience, Johnson says not to underestimate his coaching prowess.

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The Lowdown: Mark Jackson 00:00:39
SNY.tv gives the lowdown on former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson as a candidate for the Knicks' head coaching position.

Former Golden State Warriors coach and current NBA analyst Mark Jackson will reportedly interview for the Knicks' head coaching vacancy on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Jackson, who spent seven seasons as a Knicks point guard and played 17 years in the NBA, is among several candidates New York is bringing in for interviews as Jeff Hornacek's replacement.

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DNL: Knicks' head coach search 00:03:39
The DNL panel debates over which direction the Knicks' head coach search should go and discuss the familiar candidates being interviewed.

Though the Knicks have contacted his representatives, New York doesn't seem interested in a reunion with former head coach Jeff Van Gundy, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

Van Gundy said that he would be open to talking to the Knicks, who he was head coach for parts of seven seasons. That interest, though, doesn't seem neutral.

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry reached out to Jeff Van Gundy's representatives on Saturday as the team searches for a new head coach following the firing of Jeff Hornacek, reports the New York Post.

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The Knicks not only have former players in their head coach candidates pool. A former coach could see a New York reunion as well.

Buzz has already surrounded around the Knicks going after former coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, as they contacted his representatives. It also appears that interest in former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is a possibility as well.

The Clippers, who he has been an assistant coach with since former team president Phil Jackson fired him after the 2013-14 season, has given the Knicks permission to speak with Woodson. 

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Apr 9, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson reacts during an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the LA Clippersat Staples Center. The Pelicans defeated the Clippers 113-100. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 9, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson reacts during an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the LA Clippersat Staples Center. The Pelicans defeated the Clippers 113-100. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Knicks are planning to meet this week with head coaching candidates David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, and Jerry Stackhouse, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is expected to work out for the Knicks once NBA Draft workouts begin, his father told SNY.tv.

"Of course," Rayford Young said from Los Angeles, where Trae is working out, adding that it's "too early" to set any dates.

NBA Draft workouts typically don't begin until late May and early June.

Young announced Friday that he had signed with Octagon, where he will be represented by agents Omar Wilkes and Jeff Austin.

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Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 104-92. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 104-92. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Daily News reported that David Fizdale will interview with the Knicks for their vacant head coaching position.

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With the Knicks' search for a new head coach already underway, here is a look at the top candidates for the position in its early stages.

Mark Jackson

Jackson is one of top names that come up when people talk about who may become the next Knicks head coach. He obviously had success here as a player from 1987-1992, and then returned from 2000-2002 towards the end of his playing career. He was a fan favorite and always played hard, especially on the defensive end.

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Feb 4, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 4, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis will be present at his exit meeting this season, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

The Latvian big man infamously skipped his exit meeting with former team president Phil Jackson last season, as he was publicly verbal about his displeasure with the team's dysfunction. Though the losing narrative hasn't changed, the Knicks' front office has seen a significant change with team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry in place. 

Porzingis, who is currently rehabbing his torn ACL, went back to Latvia instead of sitting in his exit interview last year. He stayed out of contact with the Knicks as he trained for the European Championship with the Latvia national team.

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Daily News Live: Knicks 00:03:19
The Daily News Live panel debates what the Knicks should prioritize in their search for a new head coach.

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks GM Scott Perry said the team does not yet have a plan regarding center Joakim Noah for the 2018-19 season but will evaluate all options.

"We're going to visit the Joakim situation again as we go through the offseason," Perry said, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "And you know we won't take any options off the table for that matter."

The 33-year-old Noah appeared in just seven games this season, averaging 1.7 points and two rebounds in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.

Noah did not appear in a game since a heated altercation with now former head coach Jeff Hornacek on Jan. 25. New York did not trade him at the deadline, nor did it place him on waivers during the regular season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks coach 00:03:50
Ian Begley and Justine Ward discuss the Knicks' dismissal of Jeff Hornacek and which coaches could be on the list to succeed him at MSG.

Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks center Enes Kanter says he's leaning toward opting out of his $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season to seek a longer-term deal with the Knicks.

"You could say that, yes," Kanter said Thursday at the Knicks facility after coach Jeff Hornacek was fired. "I'm not saying I'm in or out 100 percent. I'm just saying I want to stay here long term."

Kanter, who arrived before training camp in the Carmelo Anthony trade with Oklahoma City, will huddle with his new agent Mark Bartelstein soon to discuss his options.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) and Sacramento Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) and Sacramento Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When Kristaps Porzingis next plays for the Knicks, he will do so for his fourth coach.

The 7-foot-3 Latvian unicorn has already played for Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis and Jeff Hornacek, who was fired Thursday morning.

Whoever is named the next head coach will have to develop a good relationship with Porzingis, the franchise's cornerstone player moving forward.

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Bondy on Hornacek's dismissal 00:01:39
NY Daily News Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy discusses the Knicks' decision to fire Jeff Hornacek after just two seasons.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Along with hiring their next head coach, the Knicks also have several major decisions to make with regard to the upcoming NBA Draft.

The Knicks have two picks in the June 21 Draft at Barclays Center, currently slated at Nos. 9 and 37, per Tankathon.com. GM Scott Perry said Thursday the franchise has "no timetable" on hiring a new coach, and it remains unclear if a coach will be in place before the NBA Draft Lottery (May 15), the NBA Combine (May 16-20), or the Draft itself.

"We have a high draft pick coming up this year in the lottery, we also have a higher second-round pick as well to add to our talent mix," Knicks GM Scott Perry said Thursday at the Knicks facility. "And so we've really created a very holistic approach in terms of how we've gone about our scouting, very detailed and organized, so we're just confident in a lot of processes that have been put in place here that we believe will bear fruit as we move forward."

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7 names in Knicks coach search 00:00:47
SNY rolls out the seven hottest names in the Knicks search to replace Jeff Hornacek as head coach.

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."

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry talked Thursday about the firing of head Jeff Hornacek, the qualities they're seeking in a new head coach, and the need for patience as the team continues its rebuild.

"We want to win in a way that's sustainable," Perry said. "And we want to build it organically through the organization." Mills added that they want to build a culture within the organization "that stands for something."

Noting that they're seeking a head coach who is "equally aligned" with his and Mills' vision, Perry exlained that "patience is required," adding that the Knicks can't "skip steps."

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Begley on Knicks firing Hornacek 00:03:25
Ian Begley joins Jonas Schwartz and discusses the Knicks firing Jeff Hornacek, and who the Knicks are looking at to replace him.

In the wake of the Knicks firing head coach Jeff Hornacek, names of more than a half dozen candidates have emerged, with former coach Jeff Van Gundy among them. 

ESPN's Ian Begley told SNY that Van Gundy will be an "interesting" name to watch, and Frank Isola of the NY Daily News told SNY he believes Van Gundy "still has an attachment to The Garden and to the Knicks."

Begley noted that he wouldn't put Doc Rivers high on the list, and that David Fizdale "checks off a lot of boxes."

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With Jeff Hornacek relieved of his duties following the Knicks' final game of the season Wednesday night, the search for a new head coach is on for team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry. 

The Knicks wants someone who can be an anchor for their rebuild while furthering the process as quickly as possible. That is why the team is expected to contact Villanova's head coach Jay Wright, per the Daily News' Frank Isola.

Wright has built Nova into a Big East as well as a nationwide powerhouse with his Wildcats winning two of the last three NCAA National Championship titles. But this won't be the first time Wright will be asked to leave college ball for the NBA. 

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Jeff Hornacek was "dismissed" as head coach of the Knicks early on Thursday morning, the team announced.

Hornacek was informed of the decision by Knicks President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry after the team returned from their season finale in Cleveland. Along with Hornacek, assistant coach Kurt Rambis was also let go.

Jake Brown | Twitter | After 2 seasons and a miserable 60-104 record, the Jeff Hornacek era is finally over. What a nightmare the last two seasons have been for the New York Knicks. The only good times this team had came in the first 30 games this year and last year. After that, this team could not stop losing, and it got painful to watch. The head coach gets the blame for that, and there was just no chance that Hornacek was going to be back to coach the team next season...

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The Knicks may have ending their season on a high note with a win over the Cavs Wednesday night. But it wasn't ideal as their dropped to the ninth seed in the NBA Draft Lottery. 

A loss would have had the Knicks tied for the eighth seed. Instead, they now have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery and 6.1 percent chance of earning a top-three pick in June's draft. 

With the Knicks in the middle of a rebuild, the Draft is paramount in adding talent for the future. Last season, PG Frank Ntilikina and SF Damyean Dotson were selected in the first and second rounds respectively. The 19-year-old Ntilikina had a solid rookie campaign, but needs to work on his offensive abilities to go along with his stellar defensive prowess. Dotson saw significant time at the end of the season, where he opened eyes to his dynamic scoring abilities.

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Luke Kornet led the Knicks with a career-high 23 points, as they captured a 110-98 win over the Cavs in their final game of the 2017-18 season. >> Box Score

Kornet shot 9-for-14 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He also had three rebounds, two assists, and a block for the night. 

Frank Ntilikina continued his hot play to end the season with 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting as well as four rebounds and four assists. Trey Burke totaled 19 points with nine assists and five boards. 

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Mar 21, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) drives to the basket against Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 21, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) drives to the basket against Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The best thing the Knicks have going for them now is rookie Frank Ntilikina, who scored a career-high 17 points to go with six rebounds and five assists Monday. Before Monday's game, James said Ntilikina was "a very cerebral basketball player. >> Read more 

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DNL: Hornacek's last game? 00:01:28
The Daily News Live crew discusses if Wednesday night's game could be the last for Jeff Hornacek as New York Knicks head coach.

Jeff Hornacek is confident his team is on the verge of being competitive, and he's preaching patience on Wednesday in advance of what could be his final game as Knicks head coach.

"Sometimes people are wanting things to happen right away, but sometimes there's patience," he told reporters. "That's what we're looking for."

The Knicks stated before the beginning of this season that they are in a rebuild stage, and that showed with a very young roster led by star F Kristaps Porzingis. However, injuries and lack of talent saw the Knicks lose more than 50 games yet again...

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Cavaliers star F LeBron James was back in New York on Monday night, and he wanted all in MSG to know that he still believes he is "King of New York."

In fact, it was written on his signature shoe.

James flaunted his Nike LeBron 15 sneakers in black and red, but it was the message written on the back that caught everyone's eyes. The words "I'm" and "King." were seen on the left and right shoe respectively.

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Cavaliers forwards Kevin Love and LeBron James each scored over 20 points, as Cleveland cruised to a 123-109 win over the Knicks. >> Box Score

James recorded a double-double with 26 points and 11 assists, while Love shot an even 50 percent from the field (9-for-18) for a game-high 28 points on the night. 

The Cavaliers' bench also contributed as former Knick J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson had 16 points apiece, and Larry Nance Jr. tallied 10 points. 

Tags: Michael Beasley, Trey Burke, Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas
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Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks have gone 4-16 in their last 20 games, averaging 105.5 points per game, and that includes 128-, 124-, and 122-point nights. Remove those and New York averaged 102.

Hurting the Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) remains out.

Solution for New York: The emergence of rookie second-round pick Damyean Dotson, a two-way player with the G-League's Westchester Knicks. Dotson had 30 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes in the team's surprising 122-98 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday. >> Read more 

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) drives against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) and New York Knicks small forward Doug McDermott (20) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) drives against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) and New York Knicks small forward Doug McDermott (20) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

LeBron James of the Cavaliers, who is set to become a free agent after the season, didn't have much of a reaction to the billboard that recently went up near Madison Square Garden that calls for him to sign with the Knicks.

"Same reaction that I've had for every last one of them this year," James said Monday, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. "I think it's very humbling that cities and organizations want me to play for them especially at this juncture of my career. So that's it."

LeBron's friend Dwyane Wade had a short and sweet response last week when asked about the billboard...

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Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American East guard R.J. Barrett (6) dunks against the West in the first half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American East guard R.J. Barrett (6) dunks against the West in the first half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks are only about two months away from the 2018 NBA Draft where they figure to have a lottery pick who could impact the franchise's fortunes for years to come.

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Apr 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) dunks against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) dunks against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 10 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks moved into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 115-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

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Back in the playoffs for the second straight year for the first time since 2003 and 2004, the Milwaukee Bucks can hardly afford a second straight slip-up when they face the New York Knicks on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Apr 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots against New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots against New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With LeBron James set to become a free agent after this season, Knicks fans have begun courting King James with billboards.

And who better to ask about their chances than LeBron's friend Dwyane Wade, who was in town with the Heat to play the Knicks on Friday night. Suffice to say, Wade didn't exactly give fans reason to start making Knicks jerseys with 'James' on the back...

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Mar 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) controls the ball against Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) controls the ball against Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As another basketball season draws to a close, the Knicks host the Bucks for their 79th game of the season. Just as many other seasons have ended for the team this century, they are left jostling for lottery position rather than playoff seeding.

Against Giannis Antetokounmpo and co., the Knicks will be without Emmanuel Mudiay (concussion) and are likely to be without  Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) and Enes Kanter (back, wrist), who are listed as doubtful.

After a surprise win against the playoff-bound Heat, the Knicks currently hold the 9th place in the lottery. They are one game "behind" the Bulls for 8th and two "behind" the Nets (whose pick is owned by the Cavaliers via the Celtics) for 7th. 

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Despite the Knicks dominating the Heat at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, several players sustained injuries. 

It was forward Michael Beasley who left the game with a left knee contusion in first quarter. He was previously out against the Magic with an illness as well.

Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay also left Friday's contest with a headache, which was later diagnosed a concussion. He won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Bucks.

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Knicks rookie G Damyean Dotston had a career night, finishing with 30 points in New York's dominant win over the Heat, 122-98.

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Knicks F Michael Beasley is questionable to return to Friday's contest against the Heat after suffering a left knee contusion in the first quarter. 

Beasley missed Tuesday's game against the Magic with an illness, and just returned to action on Friday. 

The 6-foot-9 forward has picked up the slack for the injured Kristaps Porzingis, as he is averaging 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists over 70 games this season. 

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Mar 21, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) drives to the basket against Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 21, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) drives to the basket against Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Heat handed New York a 119-98 loss in Miami on March 21 and things aren't much better for the Knicks, who are finishing off their fourth straight 50-loss season. << Read more

 

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The Knicks will enter the NBA Draft in June with a top-10 pick. They are in the eighth spot right now, but that can change depending on how these final games play out and how the balls drop in the lottery.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntlikina has divided fan opinion this season but head coach Jeff Hornacek is confident in the 19-year-old rookie. 

Ntilikina has struggled offensively but has earned plaudits on defense. He's quickly become the Knicks' best perimeter defender...

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