New York Knicks News Mix, 5/12/17: Hornacek on Porzingis, Calipari on Rose
Nov 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek coaches against the Brooklyn Nets as New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) waits to check into the game during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks‘ Jeff Hornacek talks Kristaps Porzingis’ future and Derrick Rose’s old college coach chimes in on his former point guard.

Jeff Hornacek said what he was supposed to when talking about the situation with Kristaps Porzingis. While speaking at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, he fed reporters the company line like any good New York Knicks employee.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Hornacek has “no doubt in his mind” that Porzingis will be with the team next season. The coach added it’s a “long summer” and there’s a “good possibility” he’ll head overseas to meet with Porzingis in person.

Hornacek also commented on Porzingis skipping his exit meeting. Apparently, it’s not a big deal to the head coach.

“Again, he decided not to come to the meeting,” Hornacek said. “It would’ve been a great opportunity to talk about what he sees, but we figure it’s a long summer. We’ll end up talking to him, and all that stuff coming into next year will be fine.”

Hornacek believes that everything will be “fine” when next season comes around.

“We expect him back,” Hornacek said. “I think everything’s going to be just fine when we get back.”

Good luck with that one coach.


Kentucky coach John Calipari has helped 39 players get selected in the NBA Draft. This week he’s hanging out at the combine trying to make some of his latest prospects’ dreams come true.

One of those players is Derrick Rose. Calipari took some time out to talk about his former point guard and their plans while the coach is hanging out in Chicago.

Via Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

“We were texting,” Calipari, the Kentucky coach, said at the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday. “I told him I’m in his city, I’m broke, and I want him to buy me dinner. He said I’m out west. He’s good. He’s getting after it. He was in a great frame of mind, and that’s about all I’ll tell you about it. It was short. Then I said could you set me up someplace for dinner?”

Calipari balked when asked about Rose’s future in New York.

“We haven’t talked about it so I don’t know,” Calipari said. “We haven’t talked in those terms. I just wanted dinner. That’s all I wanted today. I wanted to make sure he was healthy.”

 

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