New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek spoke to reporters Tuesday about the starting lineup with his post-Melo squad.For the first time in seven years, the New York Knicks don’t know who will be starting at the small forward position. Head coach Jeff Hornacek spoke to reporters on Tuesday about who could be Carmelo Anthony‘s replacement.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the leading candidate appears to be Courtney Lee. Per Berman, Hornacek oddly didn’t reference Anthony by name. There were rumors that the two butted heads in their one season together.
Hornacek spoke about the change in this era to positionless basketball potentially playing a factor in his decision.
“This league is a little bit different now,’’ Hornacek said. “You don’t have the traditional 1, 2, 3, 4, 5s. You’ve got [centers] shooting 3s. You’ve got 6-4 guys playing the 3-spot sometimes. It gives us options. Both those guys [Hardaway and Lee] are great shooters. Guys that are active defensively, they can help us out, whether together or playing out there on the court at the same time or if we’re alternating.”
The departure of Derrick Rose created a hole at the point guard position; where the Knicks are arguably the weakest of any team in the league.
“We’re looking at all our centers,’’ Hornacek said. “You’ve got Enes. You’ve got KO [Kyle O’Quinn]. You have Willy. All those guys do great things for us. We’re trying to find the best way to use them, and they all kind of lend different things, but they’re all well-rounded players.”
It’s a good thing that Hornacek didn’t mention Joakim Noah.
We have a good idea that the Knicks won’t even pretend the former Defensive Player of the Year is a starting caliber center anymore.