Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Jeff Hornacek was asked Wednesday about the idea that his job status could be determined by the Knicks' final 23 games, as the club prioritizes player development over wins and losses. "You can't think that way," Hornacek said. "We've talked in the past with [owner] Jim Dolan, [general manager] Scott [Perry] and [president] Steve [Mills]. We all want to win as many games as possible. Still there's that, ‘OK we know it's going to take a few years.' " The Knicks started the season 16-13 and have won just seven of 30 since. Hornacek said external expectations changed after the fast start. "You still go back to, ‘It's kind of a long-term plan.' We got off to a good start maybe changed everyone's thoughts. But they were home games, we knew we had a long way to go," Hornacek said. The coach has one year remaining on his contract. Steve Mills as Scott Perry have said they will evaluate everything, including Hornacek's status, after the season.