Frank Vogel, Jeff Hornacek out as Magic, Knicks head coaches

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After two dismal seasons, the New York Knicks have fired coach Jeff Hornacek, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

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.

"Knicks dismissed coach Jeff Hornacek, league sources tell ESPN".

The Knicks, like they were so good at in the mid-2000s, figured out a way to lose enough games to be irrelevant but also win just enough games not to land a premium pick in the draft.

Without much talent to work with, the Knicks never established a clear identity, frustrating Hornacek with their defensive inconsistency (they are ranked 22nd in defence) and looking a step behind the league's best offenses. Hornaceks antics, both on and off the court, constantly drove fans to the edge and caused for a positive look on the coaches departure.

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"We progressed in some areas and were lacking in others", Mills said, according to the Post.

The Knicks should want Wright to be their next coach, so it's no surprise he appears to be atop their list of targets to replace Hornacek.

This, of course, is far from the first time a Knicks executive has stood in front of the cameras and preached patience. I love what we're doing. The whole thing is, to take a new challenge, you have to give up what you have.

The Knicks will also be entering an enticing free-agent market in the summer of 2019. He also has a 121-109 record in three years as coach of the Warriors, a team he helped set on the path to an National Basketball Association championship. "But again, just in terms of consistency and then a trend I would say toward consistency, Steve and I thought we fell a little bit short in that area".

Perry said that the Knicks would not limit their search in any way, suggesting that the club would be open to interviewing college coaches for the vacancy. From 1994-2001, he was the head coach at Hofstra. It came to the point where Noah didn't even travel with the team, and got in a war of words with Hornacek. NY will hire a new head coach for the third time since 2014, when the organization parted ways with the last head coach who took the organization to the playoffs: Mike Woodson. Now it's time for Perry and Mills to show they know how to take advantage. No matter who the Knicks hire the rebuilding process is expected to be a long and tumultuous one, meaning the Knicks are going to need a strong minded and thick skinned coach willing to push his players.

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