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."
Regarding Hornacek, who was dismissed after two seasons, Mills and Perry said he wasn't surprised when informed, and that they never considered making an in-season change.
Mills said the Knicks "evaluated everything. From practices, to games, to ability to connect with the guys." And he cited attention to detail and player accountability as two areas where Hornacek was lacking.
Neither Perry or Mills would discuss specific canddates, but said the search for the new head coach would be wide-reaching, and that a more inexperienced coach would not necessarily have an advantage over a more seasoned coach.
Mills said the new coach needs the understand that "the three of us are in this together."
And Perry outlined the qualities the Knicks are looking for, saying they want someone who holds players and coaches accountable, is a skilled communicator, an effective leader who can connect with today's players, and is aligned with wanting a strong defensive-minded teams.
The Knicks have had 10 head coaches in the last 14 years.