It never ends with the Knicks.
After shockingly standing pat at last week's NBA trade deadline, the franchise looks to be in a holding pattern: Stuck with veterans like Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, hoping on landing a superstar in June's NBA Draft and with little direction for fans to believe in.
The next possible piece of drama at Madison Square Garden: A coaching change.
Yes, less than a full season into Jeff Hornacek's first year as Knicks coach, there's reason to believe a chance is coming during the season. Well, at least Vegas thinks so.
According to figures provided to NJ Advance Media by sports book BookMaker.eu, Hornacek carries the third-lowest odds (+550) to be the first NBA coach fired this season. The only coaches more likely to be canned before the season ends in April: Portland's Terry Stotts (+400) and Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer (+500).
Here are the full odds:
Terry Stotts (Portland): +400
Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta): +500
Jeff Hornacek (New York): +550
Alvin Gentry (New Orleans): +600
Frank Vogel (Orlando): +600
Dwane Casey (Toronto): +650
Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn): +700
Steve Clifford (Charlotte): +700
Fred Hoiberg (Chicago): +700
Heading into play on Feb. 27, the Knicks sat at 24-35 and four games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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Prior to coaching, Hornacek played 14 years as an NBA guard. During stints with the Suns, Sixers and Jazz, the combo guard averaged 14.5 points per game.
In 2010, Hornaeck became an assistant with the Jazz. Three years later, the Suns made him a head coach. Hornaeck owns a 125-147 head coaching record across parts of four seasons.
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