On Thursday, the Houston Rockets were finalizing a deal to make Philadelphia 76ers assistant head coach Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach; D'Antoni, whose making his fifth stop as an NBA head coach, was the New York Knicks head coach for four seasons from 2008 until 2012.
With Joakim Noah expected to leave the Chicago Bulls once free agency starts this summer, the New York Knicks are reportedly expected to make a strong push to land Noah; the 31-year-old has a strong relationship with Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, plus is a New York native and those factors could get Noah into New York for next year.
Current Phoenix Suns executive Mark West said that new New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek never had a chance to succeed while he was the head coach in Phoenix given the chaos and turmoil that existed between the players, his coaching staff being ripped from him and eventually, lead to his dismissal at 14-35.
During his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Orlando Magic, Frank Vogel talked about why he decided to pick the Magic over other teams he interviewed for, one of which included the New York Knicks, but Vogel said that despite interviewing for the job, Knicks team president Phil Jackson never made him an offer to coach the team.
With Jeff Hornacek taking the reigns as the new head coach of the New York Knicks, two of his former assistant coaches from the Phoenix Suns; Jerry Sichting and Corey Gaines, are reportedly expected to follow Hornacek to New York and become assistants on the Knicks; it's still unclear if Kurt Rambis will remain on the Knicks coaching staff or if he will go elsewhere.
In a recent interview with NBC News, Carmelo Anthony said he's excited to get to work with recently hired New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek and work with his style of offense, which centers around an up-tempo style of play that has a lot of running and a lot of scoring involved; something the Knicks struggled with while running a version of the triangle offense in the last two seasons.
With the hiring of Jeff Hornacek to become the New York Knicks next head coach, some around the league think that with his style of offense ran, it could potentially lead to a reunion with the Knicks and Jeremy Lin, who spent this past season with the Charlotte Hornets and has ran an offense similar to Hornacek's in the past; Lin was with the Knicks in the 2011-2012 season.
In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that the Lakers were pretty close to drafting Kristaps Porzingis with the numner two overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but instead, took D'Angel Russell instead and Porzingis was able to be selected by the New York Knicks with the fourth overall pick, a pick that worked out well for the Knicks, as he finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting.
With the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as the next New York Knicks head coach, former interim head coach Kurt Rambis was reportedly caught off guard by Phil Jackson's choice, as many figured Rambis would be chosen by his long-time friend and boss to be promoted as the next head coach in New York; Rambis' future with the Knicks is now up in the air.
Carmelo Anthony is reported to being very happy of the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as the New York Knicks next head coach because of his offensive strategy that will help Kristaps Porzingis develop into a better player and make him more of the vocal point on the team; Anthony's personal preferences on who would become the Knicks next head coach did not involve former interim head coach Kurt Rambis.