Jeff Hornacek will reportedly be the next head coach of the New York Knicks, a prospect that has left many Knicks fans feeling underwhelmed.
Matt Moore, however, thinks they should be elated – or at least in good spirits.
“I think it’s a great hire,” the CBSSports.com NBA writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s a fantastic hire. Hornacek is a tremendous coach. I talked to him a couple of times. I did a big feature on him a couple of years ago. He’s done good work.”
Hornacek, 53, spent nearly three seasons as head coach of the Suns before getting fired in February. He went 101-112 (.474) in Phoenix and regressed each season, going 48-34 in 2013-14, 39-43 in 2014-15 and 14-35 at the time of his dismissal this season.
Moore, though, is willing to give him a pass.
“That situation in Phoenix was so complicated in terms of all the things that went wrong with it,” he said. “You had a lot of personalities that all went haywire – and management’s treatment of the players contributed to that to a large degree. He’s got great schemes, he’s got great ideas about how to play the game, he creates space – I think he’s a really good coach that was stuck in a bad situation with a locker room that deteriorated. I think in New York he can be very successful.”
For several weeks, Kurt Rambis appeared to have the inside track to the Knicks’ head-coaching gig, while David Blatt also emerged as a possibility. In the end, it appears the Knicks, who are 49-115 (.299) over the last two seasons, are going with Hornacek, a former All-Star who twice helped the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals.
Hornacek, who likes to create space and pace, will reportedly not be required to run the triangle.
“For them to go outside of the triangle and to not go down that road, that’s a very smart move – especially not to hire Rambis,” Moore said. “That’s a really quality move. I think Hornacek is a great hire by the Knicks.”