The New York Knicks have fired Jeff Hornacek as head coach. He was a holdover from the abject failure that was the Phil Jackson regime in New York. After a 29-53 record in 2017-18—a second straight with over 50 losses—he was let go today. One reported Knicks coaching candidate: former UNC and NBA great Jerry Stackhouse.
Stackhouse finished his lengthy NBA career in 2013 as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. He broke into the league in 1995, when he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third overall pick. Before that, he was the collegiate national player of the year for the Tar Heels. Between the Sixers and Nets, Stackhouse played for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, and Atlanta Hawks.
Since his playing career, Stackhouse has coached the Toronto Raptors' G-League affiliate, Raptors 905. That has been invaluable experience for him, and he, along with David Fizdale, David Blatt, and Mark Jackson, are candidates for the Knicks job.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski has has details on the Knicks coaching search. From ESPN:
Former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt -- now coaching in Turkey -- and former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson are among the candidates the Knicks are planning to contact, league sources told ESPN. New York also plans to contact Jerry Stackhouse, the head coach of Toronto 905, the Toronto Raptors' G League affiliate, according to sources.
Knicks coaching candidate Jerry Stackhouse just finished his second season as a head coach.
Raptors 905 went 31-19 on the season, finishing second in the Atlantic Division. In the playoffs, the team made it to the G-League finals, losing to the Austin Spurs.
Last season, Stackhouse's first as head coach, Raptors 905 won the Central Division at 39-11, and captured the G-League title, beating the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Stackhouse was named G-League Coach of the Year.
Before serving as Raptors 905 head coach, Stackhouse spent a season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors under Dwayne Casey. As a player, he was a two-time All-Star in 2000 and 2001, as a member of the Detroit Pistons.
Most will remember Jerry Stackhouse for his playing career, and if he does get a head coaching job, may write it off as a splashy name hire. However, he has been working to develop as a coach in a big way, and his status as a candidate for NBA jobs is legitimate.