3. Coaching changes
Following utterly disappointing seasons for multiple franchises, it was no surprise to see multiple coaches let go as soon as the regular season came to an end. The window of opportunity shut for two coaches on Wednesday with more expected to come within the coming weeks. The NBA offseason is officially here for many teams and the coaching carousel is now open. Following the conclusion of each of their seasons, both Orlando and New York have decided to head in another direction in terms of coaching.
In the middle of the night, reports began to surface that the Knicks parted ways with Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek led the franchise for only two seasons. In addition, Kurt Rambis — Associate Head Coach — was let go as well. Hornacek exits with an overall record of 60-104 in New York. All in all, he had the Knicks heading in the right direction. They looked an improved team after shipping Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City and the injury to Kristaps Porzingis didn’t help. However, signs of slight improvement were not enough for Hornacek to keep his job. The shortlist of potential coaches was reported immediately following with Mark Jackson, David Blatt and David Fizdale all rumored to be candidates. Regardless of the period of mediocrity the Knicks have gone through decently, the franchise is still one of the most coveted in the NBA, so it’s an intriguing opening.
The second head coach fired within 24 hours of the season concluding was Magic head coach Frank Vogel. Vogel, like Hornacek, spent two years with his team. In those two years, Vogel coached the mediocre Magic to a 54-110 record. These are the first of two teams to make coaching changes, with at least a handful more expected to come.