On Wednesday we learned the details of Jeff Hornacek's three-year, $15 million contract as head coach of the New York Knicks. Friday we will get to hear Hornacek (and presumably team president Phil Jackson) speak. In between, we get the most exciting day of them all ... PRESS RELEASE DAY!
I love the smell of new head coach press releases that don't involve Kurt Rambis in the morning. Smells like ... victory.
The press release starts off welcoming Hornacek as the 28th coach in the franchise's 70-year history. To put that into perspective, when Ben McAdoo took over the New York Giants this offseason, he became the 17th coach in franchise history. The Giants franchise is 91 years old. So, yeah, the Knicks have cycled through some coaches.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be the next coach of such an historic franchise," Hornacek said. "I look forward to working with Phil - a coach and teacher of the game I have admired for many years - and collaborating with him and our staff to take this team to the level that Knicks fans expect."
"Jeff has a tremendous basketball acumen and possesses strong leadership skills," Jackson said. "During his career as both a player and coach, he has demonstrated the ability to elevate the game."
Hopefully we'll get some more enlightening stuff from Phil and Jeff (P&J?) during Friday's press conference. Until then, stay Horny.