New York Knicks won't rush rebuild process, want to 'keep the big picture in mind'
From NBA media reports
With the Hornets’ Kemba Walker reportedly available, the New York Knicks (Walker’s hometown team) might be a possible landing spot.
Don’t rule anything out, but the Knicks, now five games in the loss column out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, aren’t going to fool themselves into thinking that it’s time to fast-track their rebuild, as the New York Post‘s Marc Berman writes:
In a similar message he made on Martin Luther King Day, Hornacek said the playoff talk has come more from players and that management and the coaching staff is still bent on development, forming a defensive identity and “to keep the big picture in mind.” Indicating a playoff berth is gravy, the Knicks coach acknowledged for the first time the club’s early winning record was partly because of a favorable home schedule.
At the morning shootaround Friday in the Utah arena in which his Jazz jersey is retired, Hornacek responded to speculation he’s coaching for his job amid this current freefall. It’s something hardly new since he has one year left on his contract and Phil Jackson, who hired Hornacek, is no longer here.
Hornacek invoked his coaching stint in Phoenix when expectations changed after he posted a 48-34 record in his rookie year in 2013-14.
However, Hornacek insisted Mills and GM Scott Perry have not changed the long-term plan for the Knicks. An NBA source confirmed nothing has changed, that playoffs has never been the No. 1 priority for management this season as they hold their own first-round pick in the last year of the current lottery format.
“In Phoenix, the plan was rebuilding and [we] got off and had a great year,” Hornacek said. “Then the expectations changed, the mentality changed. Here we talked about rebuilding and got off to a good start because we had a lot of home games. But Scott, Steve, we’re still on the same page, giving our young guys opportunities. We’re still trying to win games. We want to establish where we have an identity defensively [that] we’re going to get after it all the time. We’re building toward that and it’s great to have that support.”