Jeff Hornacek is still pushing the Knicks to win games, and working on things he believes will help them next season — even if next season isn’t guaranteed for him. There’s been plenty of speculation about Hornacek’s job security. But the Knicks coach has one year remaining on his contract and is talking like someone who will still be coaching the Knicks next season. “I still have next year so unless they tell me something different,” Hornacek said after Tuesday’s morning shootaround. When asked if he fully expects to be back, Hornacek responded, “I think everybody does.” Hornacek was chuckling at first but then appeared to get annoyed by the line of questioning. Everyone is frustrated around the Knicks, who had lost 12 of 13 games heading into Tuesday night’s meeting with the Trail Blazers. That’s not all on Hornacek, though. Injuries derailed a potentially successful season for the Knicks when very little was expected of them. The Knicks were once 17-14, but they’re 7-26 since then. They went 8-12 with Tim Hardaway Jr. sidelined with a stress reaction in his lower left leg. They were 1-6 without Kristaps Porzingis before he suffered a season-ending torn ACL last month. Since then, they’re 1-8.
Knicks’ Jeff Hornacek believes he’ll return as coach next season
Newsday | Mar 7