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ESPN reports the former coach was fired after a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks won against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-98. However, his overall record was under par. During his time as their coach, the Knicks gained their sixth-worst record in the NBA by going 60-104. Although Hornacek still had one year left on his contract, it seems this was enough to push him out.
"Jeff is a true professional who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons," said Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry in a joint statement. "We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors."
The Knicks' associate head coach, Kurt Rambis, was also fired.
"Kurt has been a big part of the Knicks over these last four seasons, as both an associate head coach and interim head coach," said Mills and Perry. "We thank him for his dedication to New York and wish him the best moving forward."
Former team president Phil Jackson hired Hornacek ahead of the 2016-2017 season. Now Perry, who started as a GM in July, will be able to hire his own coach.
The Knicks will also be entering an enticing free-agent market in the summer of 2019. As for a new coach, they're reportedly looking to replace Hornacek with David Fizdale, David Blatt, or Mark Jackson.