Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek's job is safe, despite the team's record (27-41) and teampresident Phil Jackson'sgrowing hands-oninput, the New York Post reported Thursday, citing an unidentified NBA source.
It's unclear whether Jackson, who has pushed Hornacek to reemphasize the triangle offense, merely is hesitant to fire the fourth coach in his three years in charge or he sees reason for optimism primarily because of Hornacek's willingness to communicate with the team president.
According to the Post, Jackson fired Derek Fisher in February 2016 not because of wins and losses but rather because of Fisher wouldn't respond promptlyto emailsand his "passive-aggressive resistance to Jackson being involved with coaching aspects."
An unidentified NBA source told the Post that Hornacekscores high on both of those counts — maintaining a strong rapport with Jackson and his longtime associateKurt Rambis, New York's associate head coach.
And yet the Knicks will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, and players — including stars Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis — have openly questioned the team's direction, in particular the confusion surrounding whether the Knicks can run Jackson's beloved triangle offense as he becomes more involved in day-to-day coaching.
The Post noted that Jackson put on a "triangle clinic" last week for Knicks guards and was on the court Wednesday during practice, talking animatedly about positioning and footwork withRambis, who coordinates New York's defense.