Jackson has close relationships with many in the Knicks organization and would be a popular hire among a significant portion of the fan base.
Meanwhile, if Wright goes to NY, he's walking into an obvious rebuild (because the Knicks are perpetually rebuilding) but without the safety net that Stevens got in Boston.
Rambis, a former assistant under Jackson, originally came to NY to work under Derek Fisher and served as interim head coach for half a season after Fisher was sacked. "It's hard to do anything because all you're thinking about is not to mess up". The next season, the Warriors improved to 47 wins and the following year 51. Knicks chroniclers could write books on the epic feuds between Hubie Brown and Dave DeBusschere; Rick Pitino and Al Bianchi; Pat Riley and Dave Checketts; Jeff Van Gundy and Ernie Grunfeld; Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas.
Fresh off of another national championship run with Villanova Jay Wright is expected to be one of the hotter names this offseason. The emergence of Trey Burke, Enes Kanter having a career year, and the diamond in the rough Troy Williams were all positive storylines under Hornacek. The Knicks have a lottery pick this year and will likely have another high selection next year, given that Porzingis is slated to miss half the season as he recovers from his ACL injury. The loss of The Unicorn only further exposed the Knicks numerous flaws that plagued the team and now Hornacek has paid the price with his job. Stackhouse has coached Toronto 905, the Raptors' G League affiliate, for the past two seasons. This season marks the fifth consecutive year the franchise has failed to make the postseason. He preached defense but then refused to play his better defensive players more minutes and instead blamed his players for not trying hard enough. His philosophy doesn't work with this team, but it never really was going to from the start. Tony Bennett, another great college basketball coach at Virginia, is worth investigating as well. Blatt played at Princeton with Mills and Knicks vice president of player development Craig Robinson.
Hornacek was hired by the team's previous president, Phil Jackson, who parted ways with the club in June 2017 followed a disastrous three years on the job.
Luring Jay Wright away from a budding dynasty at Villanova to a massive rebuilding project in NY is likely a pipe dream.
The former Oregon State head coach - and brother of former First Lady Michelle Obama - now serves as the Knicks' VP of player and organization development.
A team statement said Hornacek had been relieved of his duties with immediate effect along with assistant head coach Kurt Rambis.