As we wait for all the official business of the Jeff Hornacek's hire, we still don't know the specifics of the staff that will surround the next coach of the New York Knicks. We don't know who on the current staff -- Phil Jackson's boys or the guys Derek Fisher brought over from Oklahoma City -- will remain. Jackson, Hornacek, or both might go out and hire someone completely out of left field.
But what about the guys who the Suns let go along with Hornacek? It stands to reason that one or two of them might follow him to New York. Let's take a look at three of the top assistants from his Phoenix days -- what they do, where they've been and where they may be headed.
Hornacek's main man on the defensive end was hired by Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue not long after he was dismissed from Phoenix. That's a pretty good gig; he'll probably stay there.
According to Marc Berman, Sichting was considered to be Hornacek's offensive coordinator. If hired by the Knicks, he will probably be bombarded with queries of "Do you even Triangle, bruh?"
As a player, he was the quintessential scrappy Indiana farm boy Knicks fans are raised to despise, scraping out a decade-long career as a fourth-round draft pick. Sichting was probably most famous for throwing down with Ralph Samspon in the 1986 Finals:
Sichting has been working exclusively as an assistant since 1995, save for a brief period in 2012 when he took over as coach of his high school alma mater after their coach was caught having sex with a student. Jon Wertheim wrote an excellent piece on Sichting coming back to help out his hometown.
First thing's first: This guy is not related to scouting guru Clarence Gaines. He does, however, have a very real connection to the franchise -- Gaines played 18 games for the 1993-94 Eastern Conference champions Knicks squad. As a child of the '90s, I must insist on Hornacek hiring this man.
Gaines has a championship pedigree as a head coach, leading the Phoenix Mercury to the 2009 WNBA title. Gaines worked for the Suns off and on over the past five years -- their front office culture is almost as chaotic as anything found in MSG. He actually survived Phoenix's initial coach culling, but his contract wasn't renewed at the end of the 2015-16 season.
An undersized bruiser of a big man during his playing days, Gattison worked as an assistant with the Nets, Hornets and Hawks before being hired by Hornacek, his former teammate, at the start of his Phoenix tenure. Gattison was let go following the 2014-15 season and replaced by Gaines. The Knicks have had success in previous years with assistants named "Kenny -----son"
Former Hornacek assistant who moved to the front office. Not sure if they could hire him even if they wanted to.