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Jeff Hornacek | Guard

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (54) / 5/3/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 190
College: Iowa State
Drafted: 1986 / Rd. 2 (22) / PHO

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According to the New York Post, Phil Jackson won't fire Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.
The Knicks are all but out of the playoff race with a 27-41 record and Phil Jackson's influence with the team is growing -- Jackson encouraged Hornacek to "reemphasize the triangle offense" and step back from the coach’s "hybrid attack" prior to the All-Star break. Hornacek still has two years left on his deal and the Knicks have already gone through three other coaches since Jackson took over as team president, so it appears that his job is safe for now. Mar 16 - 10:53 AM

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As expected, coach Jeff Hornacek said he is determined to win as many games as possible until the Knicks are officially eliminated and will continue to play his veterans.

"If we’re out of the playoffs, if we can start giving guys time, we’ll start doing that," said Hornacek. "Until then, we have veteran guys here who are never going to give up until we’re mathematically out of it. So we’re just going to continue to play and we’re going to continue to try to win games." However, Hornacek did bench Derrick Rose for the entire fourth quarter in favor or rookie Chasson Randle. That is a situation to keep an eye on.
Source: Newsday
Mar 7 - 10:29 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek still has his eyes on the playoffs, but hinted that he's also building for the future at the same time.

"We’re all competitors, and we all want to get [to the playoffs], but we have to understand that we have to try to develop something for long term," Hornacek said. "If we’re skipping steps just to get in the playoffs, that would be great for this year, but then what do you do for next year? So we want to try to combine those two." The Knicks are 22-30, but they are only two losses behind the eighth-seeded Pistons. Unless they can string some wins together in the next couple weeks, expect the Knicks to be sellers at the deadline.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Feb 6 - 9:32 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek threatened to make changes to his starting lineup after Sunday's blowout loss to the Raptors.

"I had to start looking at different possibilities with that group," Hornacek said. "This isn’t the first time that it has happened. We saw the second group come in there and play hard and get after it defensively and consequently they got stuff on the offensive end.’’ None of the Knicks' starters played more than 29 minutes in the blowout, but it's possible Hornacek was keeping them fresh for Monday's game vs. Atlanta. The Knicks are tipping off in just a few hours, so we won't have to wait long to figure out if Hornacek was simply blowing off some steam. For what it's worth, many beat reporters are speculating that Joakim Noah will move to the bench with Kristaps Porzinigs (Achilles) moving to the five, assuming he's cleared to play.
Jan 16 - 9:30 AM

Phil Jackson hasn't been pleased with the Knicks' performance on offense, particularly with the number of times the team has run the triangle offense.

This has been an ongoing problem with Jackson since he was hired as President of Basketball Operations. Coach Jeff Hornacek has tried to speed up the Knicks offense, and incorporated more pick-and-rolls. New York's offense has been solid this season. It is their defense that is the issue. Still, Jackson would reportedly prefer the Knicks run sets out of "The Triangle" with greater frequency. The ESPN column also states that some players are unhappy with the offense as well. The drama in NYC continues...
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he wants his players to "get out and try to get easy buckets."

This is uncharted territory for the Phil Jackson era. The Knicks have been in the bottom seven for pace in each of the last four seasons. This style of play should really help out guys like Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and really anyone in the rotation.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 03:08:00 PM

The Knicks are in the market to find a backup point guard behind Derrick Rose.

New York needs a solid backup with Rose no sure thing to hold up throughout the duration of the season, so the Knicks will now prioritize the position moving forward. "That’s one of the toughest positions to fill in the NBA," Hornacek said. "There’s a lot of backups, but you’re always looking for, ‘Can that backup step right into the starter’s role if something happens to your starter?’ There’s not many of those guys out there that can do that. We got our eyes on a couple that can do that. That’s what we’ll probably aim for."
Source: Newsday
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 09:47:00 AM

Raptors assistant coach Andy Greer has drawn interest from the Knicks and Timberwolves, but Toronto is "trying hard" to retain him as a key part of Dwane Casey's staff.

Jeff Hornacek is also reportedly interested in former Suns assistant Jerry Sichting, and there are plenty of rumors about which assistants are favored by rebuilding coaching staffs. Magic coach Frank Vogel is said to be pursuing Spurs assistant Chad Forcier as his top aide, while Wizards coach Scott Brooks is targeting Tony Brown, Chad Iske and Sidney Lowe. It shouldn't take long for the dominoes to fall.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 08:42:00 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he "absolutely" expects the Knicks to sign a max player this summer.

Of course, any team with the necessary cap space could sign a max player, but the question is if that player will be worth it. The Knicks haven't made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons and are expected to make some personnel changes.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks could stand to add some additional shooting this offseason.

Hornacek referenced putting shooters in place around Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, something New York will be forced to prioritize through free agency and/or trade this summer. Assuming Arron Afflalo opts out, New York will be very thin on the wing behind Melo.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 01:42:00 PM

The Knicks reportedly don't have any interest in point guards Jeremy Lin or Ty Lawson.

According to the New York Post, Lawson's off-court issues are too big of a risk and Lin's defense is too "gaping." Coach Jeff Hornacek hinted pretty strongly that he wants the Knicks to pursue a point guard this summer, so that doesn't bode well for Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon. Expect the Knicks to pursue Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo before looking at other options such as Brandon Jennings or D.J. Augustin.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 09:39:00 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he will blend elements of the triangle offense with elements of the offense he ran in Phoenix.

This means that we should see the Knicks play at a faster pace next season in addition to a lot more pick-and-roll sets and 3-point attempts. Hornacek will also use the triangle offense to space the floor in some halfcourt sets, though it's worth noting that Phil Jackson told him that he can run any plays that he wants to.
Source: ESPN NY
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 09:34:00 AM

Coach Jeff Hornacek signed a three-year deal with the Knicks for the head coaching job.

His deal runs out the same time as president Phil Jackson. Hornacek had some unjustified blame for the Suns falling apart last year, but he's in a tough spot this year with the Knicks not having a first-round pick. He is allowed to get away from the triangle offense this year, which could help the productivity overall.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Jeff Hornacek will be allowed to tweak the triangle offense next season.

Former coach Derek Fisher wasn't granted this privilege last season. Fisher tried to tweak it with more on-ball screens and pace, but Phil Jackson didn't like the change. Unlike Fisher, Hornacek doesn't have a history with Jackson, so he isn't really familiar with the triangle. Hornacek's offenses counted on 3-pointers even though he didn't have a litany of shooters on his roster. Expect more pace and perimeter shooting at Madison Square Garden next year.
Source: ESPN NY
Fri, May 20, 2016 04:45:00 PM

The Knicks and Jeff Hornacek have reportedly come to terms on a deal in principle that will install him as their next head coach.

Hornacek is a fantasy friendly coach, as he likes his teams to run out a high octane offense, so his hiring is good news for the fantasy value of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Hornacek reportedly considered Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach while he was at the helm in Phoenix, so there's a good chance Rambis sticks around as an assistant in New York.
Thu, May 19, 2016 05:30:00 PM

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