New York Knicks President Says Jeff Hornacek’s Job Is Safe Following Disastrous Season

By Timothy Jay Ibay (Staff writer)
on Mar 17, 2017 02:52 AM EDT
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Phil Jackson has had a rough run with the New York Knicks. But despite another disappointing season, Jackson says Jeff Horncek's job is safe. (Photo : YouTube Screencap)

The New York Knicks have had a highly disappointing season following an offseason that saw them acquire some names that were originally seen as something that would help the franchise snap out of its lengthy and frustrating funk. But despite the Knicks set to miss the playoffs once again, team president Phil Jackson said that Jeff Hornacek’s job is safe.

According to the New York Post, despite the New York Knicks’ abysmal record of 27-42, Phil Jackson has no plans of making a coaching change this summer. According to the report, despite the absence of wins, the 11-time champion coach appreciates the way Jeff Hornacek has maintained open lines of communication with his boss.

“We talk about stuff all the time,” Jeff Hornacek said of Phil Jackson. “When he comes out and demonstrates for guys, he’s so used to being on the court – it’s fun for him to do,” he added, referring to Jackson’s recent string of clinics to teach his beloved triangle offense. As noted by Bleacher Report, Jackson has seen the need to teach his players the fundamental skills necessary to run the triangle, and has taken to the New York Knicks’ practice sessions to try and build for the next season.

Similarly, a previous report stated that according to New York Knicks’ owner James Dolan, Phil Jackson’s job is safe for the rest of his five-year contract despite the abject mess the Knicks continue to be under his watch. This season has been particularly testy for Jackson and the Knicks, with public squabbles between the team president and franchise star Carmelo Anthony making constant headlines and Dolan having an embarrassing incident with former Knick Charles Oakley. James Dolan has given Phil Jackson all the time and power he needs to turn the franchise around. And if things remain the same next year, nobody’s job could be safe.

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