Carmelo Anthony has welcomed the appointment of Jeff Hornacek as the next coach of the New York Knicks, adding that the fast-paced offense would help his team improve from last season.
The Knicks will officially announce Hornacek as its new coach in the coming days. “I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix,” the all-star forward told WNBC-TV in an interview Saturday.
Anthony said his team needed to play at a faster pace to catch up with the rest of elite teams. “Everybody knows he (Hornacek) likes to play an up-tempo pace of game, likes to get out in transition, likes to speed the game up a lot. So from that standpoint, I’ll definitely be looking forward to that.”
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Many were shocked when Hornacek was named the next coach, seeing as Knicks president Phil Jackson has been stubborn about retaining the triangle offense. Over the last few seasons, New York ranked as the third worst offense in the NBA while executing the triangle. On the other hand, Hornacek’s offense with the Suns consistently ranked in the top-10 during his three seasons in Phoenix.
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When asked if Hornacek would help New York turn their fortunes around, Anthony said: “It sets the stage for us to do that. (It’s a) new opportunity, something new to play with, something fresh, a clean plate. So hopefully we can build off of this momentum.”
Anthony expressed displeasure when rumors emerged that interim coach Kurt Rambis was likely to take over as full-time coach next season. Luckily for Anthony, those rumors never came to fruition. There is a theory around the league that Knicks owner James Dolan forced Phil Jackson to hire a coach most likely to get Anthony’s support.
Carmelo Anthony still has three years left on his contract with a player option in 2018-19. If the Knicks don’t return to the playoffs next season, expect Anthony to waive his no-trade clause and go elsewhere.