Forgive me for not being so jubilant over my Knicks hiring former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek as new head coach.
I preferred former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau (I bet the Bulls’ brass are missing him now). The fact that Thibodeau REALLY wanted to coach my Knicks makes me even sadder, and in turn madder at team president Phil Jackson fro not pulling that trigger.
Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy would have been good choices, too. Jackson is a Queens product and Van Gundy coached the Knicks during the glory years of the 90s.
Hell, I would have even taking former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel. At least he managed to get his team to the playoffs more often than not.
Instead, Jackson managed to hire a failed former Suns coach whose career coaching record is under .500. Again, forgive me for not being so jubilant.
I will say that Hornacek does bring some positives to my Knicks.
First, he coached a not so talented Suns team to a 48-34 record in his first season. He was a popular favorite for NBA Coach of the Year that season. If the Suns were in the then pathetic Eastern Conference, they would have been good for at least 4th place in the conference standings.
Second, Jackson will FINALLY be getting away from the damn Triangle offense. Memo to the Zen Master: the Triangle doesn’t work with scrubs, outside of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis (I’m sorry again) of course. Which means…
Interim coach Kurt Rambis WILL NOT be coaching the team. Thank the friggin’ Lord…