Jeff Hornacek says contract status merits Knicks return: ‘I have one more year’
Jeff Hornacek’s uncertain future with the New York Knicks seemingly is trending in the wrong direction for the head coach heading into the team’s final game of the season Wednesday night. The way Hornacek sees it, though, the fact he is under contract next season means he ought to return.
While the Knicks have played his status close to the vest, Hornacek made it clear during comments Wednesday he hopes to be back, citing the final year of his three-year deal includes the 2018-19 NBA season.
“That’s why you sign contracts. I have one more year,” Hornacek said in Cleveland Wednesday morning ahead of the Knicks’ season finale against the Cavaliers, via ESPN. “We’d love to continue with these guys and get some of the guys healthy and get back at it and continue that process. We didn’t think it was going to be a one-year turnaround. That’s our thoughts. That’s what we’ll continue to look at.”
Hornacek has posted a woeful 59-104 record with the Knicks, although he’s not entirely to blame given the dysfunctional mess he encountered upon his arrival. These issues were exacerbated this season when superstar Kristaps Porzingis was limited to only 48 games due to a torn ACL, something Hornacek correctly pointed out hurt the team.
All things considered, Hornacek hopes to be back coaching the Knicks next season.
“We started it and we’d like to continue it,” Hornacek said. “It’s very satisfying for coaches to take a team and build it and grow it. You can look around the league at some of the teams that are now some of the better teams in the league. They went through those same type of things. … Now all of a sudden [they] have their teams four or five years later and maybe even home-court advantage for the playoffs.
“So sometimes people are wanting things to happen right away. But sometimes there’s patience. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Hornaceck added he expects to attend exit meetings on Thursday and Friday.
“I plan on it,’’ Hornacek said, via the New York Post. “No one told me no.”
At least not yet.