Wait a minute. What was happening right here? Jeff Hornacek was once speaking in Westchester on Monday about the Knicks taste, and the phrase “triangle” never used to be used? By Way Of any one. Bet modification really is in the air across the Knicks.
So Hornacek spoke more about “safeguard” than geometric figures. Security. It’s sufficient to convey the old timers back to the Lawn in throwback jerseys.
“we wish to try to determine an id. The identity has to turn out to be security first,” Hornacek said.
“now we have to additionally try to develop a mentality for them, that desire to get a stop. It’s now not, ‘ADEQUATE, he scored that time, I’ll defend him next time.’ you need to be embarrassed. you ought to feel, ‘That guy can’t rating on me.’ That’s the mentality you have every time you’re guarding the fellow with the ball.”
Suffice to say there wasn’t so much of embarrassment across the Knicks ultimate season. at least now not as a result of the safety. The Knicks ranked twenty third in issues allowed and usually stunk defensively.
Hornacek’s Knicks tale has been smartly advised. He was hired by way of Phil Jackson after the disastrous runs via Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis. Hornacek was once no longer a triangle teach, but in a while before the All-Superstar break Jackson was once insistent the triangle would be the offense of selection, even if the players considered it with all the respect given elements wiped off the ground of shoes.
Phil Jackson with Hornacek at Hornacek’s 2016 introductionNBAE/Getty Pictures
“I don’t assume we have been limited. We had been trying to meld some other ways you play basketball. We weren’t able to do it the way we would have liked to, but we’re transferring forward,” Hornacek said. “It offers us a chance to include a few of the things that we as coaches learned last 12 months. Bringing a few issues we as coaches learned final yr. Deliver some of the issues we did prior to that. kind of play the sport that’s available in the market not only at the offensive side, but the protective side. … Men need to be a professional with, be happy with, and really feel that in the event that they lay it available in the market, they’re going to have luck.”
So Hornacek desires to emphasize security, which at all times was once a staple of the old Bulls dynasty under Jackson, and not simply play offense the way in which Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did.
“We’re going to perform a little things this year a little bit other than final yr, in phrases of one thing internally that men might be capable of see,” Hornacek stated. “we want to be a workforce that’s scrappy, a group that’s diving on balls, taking charges. We didn’t do an entire lot of that ultimate yr, particularly taking charges. … we wish to turn into a crew that does that. That’s the way you win ballgames. We’re not likely to go out and outscore groups. we wish to get back to the sort of safeguard that the guys are putting it available in the market every single night time. There’s going to be nights you don’t shoot the ball really well. you can still win video games. That’s the mentality we have to get started with.”