Report: Knicks could land Doc Rivers as head coach if they fire Jeff Hornacek

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After a promising start to the season, New York Knicks fans had hope that their team could potentially challenge for a playoff position this year.

But that hope only lasted for a few months as the Knicks began to slide and that familiar feeling of being out of contention has hit again. 

It's turned into another losing campaign in New York and it's been made worse by the season-ending ACL injury suffered by Kristaps Porzingis. 

It'll be back to the drawing board for the front office this summer as they seek to make the necessary changes to help build a competitive team. 

One adjustment could see them look to bring in a new head coach. Jeff Hornacek has been at the helm for almost two years now but nothing seems to have changed much in terms of the team's fortunes. 

Hornacek's contract will end after next season but he could potentially be let go before his deal expires. 

If the franchise decides to part with him, one man who could possibly be interested in taking the helm would be Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. 

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According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, a former Rivers associate believes he could be open to the idea of coaching the team he once played for. 

“Doc enjoyed his time there,’’ the former associate said. “He respects the city, he respects the organisation.’’

During his playing days, Rivers spent two years with Knicks and may be tempted to try and resurrect one of the NBA's marquee teams. 

Like Hornacek, the 56-year-old also has one year remaining on his current deal and it would likely cost the Knicks a draft pick if they were to prise him away from L.A.

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Ironically, the former Boston Celtics coach was under severe pressure earlier in the campaign and was in danger of losing his job following a poor start to the season. 

But after the departures of both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, coupled with multiple injuries throughout the year, Rivers has somehow got the Clippers in playoff contention as they currently occupy the eighth spot with a 32-27 record. 

The way he's been able to assemble a winning record with a shorthanded team has been impressive and he deserves to be in consideration for Coach of the Year. 

Doing it in a stacked and ultra-competitive Western Conference makes it even more remarkable and is a strong reason why the Knicks should be interested in luring him to the Big Apple this summer if the opportunity presents itself. 

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