Thursday's Knicks Links: Reaction to the Hornacek hire

Can Jeff Hornacek Save The New York Knicks?: The New York Knicks have kept up with the unpredictability train in hiring former NBA All-Star and Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek as their next head coach. -- Forbes.com

Knicks zero in on Jeff Hornacek as head coach: In a Phil Jackson stunner, the New York Knicks were zeroing in on former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek as their coach. A Hornacek hiring would end a bizarre search going on five weeks Thursday and could put an end to the triangle era, according to an NBA source. -- New York Post

Knicks picking anyone but Kurt Rambis is just start of process: There is a faction of Knicks fans, and a sizable one, which will be undeniably happy beginning right now, assuming it’s true Jeff Hornacek has become the prime target of Phil Jackson’s coaching search. The ABK sect would be giddy. As in: Anyone But Kurt. -- New York Post

Rockets eye Mike D’Antoni plan that crashed with Knicks: The Rockets coaching search reaches its next phase with one former Knicks coach stepping to the forefront and another stepping back. The Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday that Mike D’Antoni has emerged as a front-runner for the Rockets job after impressing the team in his first interview. He will meet with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander to try to solidify his grip on the position. -- New York Post

Jerian Grant’s new tutor was part of bizarre Phil comparison: Did Knicks president Phil Jackson’s wild comparison of Stephen Curry to former Denver Nuggets point guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf work in the Zen Master’s favor? Not really. But Abdul-Rauf has posted on Instagram a photo of himself and Knicks point guard Jerian Grant completing a workout at the Knicks’ training headquarters in Tarrytown. Abdul-Rauf, formerly named Chris Jackson during his spectacular LSU days, also is pictured posing with Liberty president Isiah Thomas at the facility. -- New York Post

Knicks president Phil Jackson, GM Steve Mills have dinner with Jeff Hornacek: Table for three, Phil? As an indication that they are perhaps closing in on a deal, Knick president Phil Jackson and coaching candidate Jeff Hornacek — along with GM Steve Mills − were spotted by the Daily News dining at a Midtown eatery on Wednesday night. -- New York Daily News

Jeff Hornacek would be odd hire for Knicks, but that adds up with peculiar Phil Jackson: Phil Jackson’s psychedelic coaching search may be ending with the reported hiring of Jeff Hornacek, except that Hornacek’s camp was still claiming late Wednesday that the two sides have yet to even discuss a contract. Kinda appropriate, no? If and when terms are agreed upon, Hornacek’s appointment will raise more questions than answers considering Hornacek’s career record is sub .500 and that he’s never coached a team into the postseason. -- New York Daily News

Why is Knicks' big-market recruiting advantage no longer in play in today's NBA?: As the world settles into the digital age, advantages the Knicks owned because of market and money have diminished. That’s according to the NBA commissioner nearing a free agency that could include 2/3 of the teams with at least $25 million in cap space, including the Knicks. -- New York Daily News

Knicks Appear Close to Hiring Jeff Hornacek as Coach: Phil Jackson’s long, strange trip to hire a new Knicks coach appears close to ending. Jackson, the team’s president, has zeroed in Jeff Hornacek, who was fired as coach of the Phoenix Suns this season after 49 games. Jackson and Hornacek met in Los Angeles on Monday and came away with strong mutual interest, according to a person briefed on their discussions. -- The New York Times

Knicks close to hiring Jeff Hornacek as coach, source says: The Knicks’ coaching search could be nearing an end. A league source said that team president Phil Jackson is close to hiring former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. The source said there have been no contract negotiations yet, but there is “mutual interest” and things are “going in that direction.” -- Newsday

Knicks set to hire Jeff Hornacek as coach: Phil Jackson has moved slowly in his search for a new head coach, but he may have finally settled on one. As first reported by Bleacher Report, the Knicks president is set to hire Jeff Hornacek as the third coach of his tenure running the franchise. -- The Record