New York Knicks Jeff Hornacek
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The New York Knicks didn’t waste much time before announcing that they’ve parted ways with head coach Jeff Hornacek.

The New York Knicks announced early Thursday morning that Jeff Hornacek has been fired as head coach. Villified associate head coach Kurt Rambis was also let go. In a not so surprising move, the Knicks will move on with a different staff in 2018-19.

New York dressed up the firing nicely in the press release in a joint statement from team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry.

Via @NY_KnicksPR:

“Jeff is a true professional who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons,” Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry said in a joint statement. “We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped the Woj bomb at roughly 2 a.m. and the speculation about replacements immediately started up again. Per ESPN’s Ian Begley, familiar names like Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are on the list.

The Knicks likely pulled the trigger early because they have someone in mind. Perry and Mills have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Let the speculation continue.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.