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Phil Jackson is gone. Carmelo Anthony is gone. And coach Jeff Hornacek and the New York Knicks are expected to try to speed things up because of it, according to new story from Newsday.
“By all accounts, the Knicks’ new offense in this post-Phil Jackson, post-Carmelo Anthony era will be based on getting quick shots and trying to outrun teams,” wrote Knicks beat reporter Al Iannozzone.
Minus Anthony, the Knicks only potential “go-to” scorer is forward Kristaps Porzingis, and potentially shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. But neither has proven he can fill that role on a regular basis.
So for now, it seems, the Knicks will try to win simply by out-running and out-gunning the opposition.
“We’re going to play faster,” Knicks swingman Courtney Lee told reporters, via Newsday. “That’s one thing they’ve been stressing is to make sure we’re in shape. We’re going to get out and run people and we’re going to wear on teams. The pace of the game is definitely going to be faster.”
Jackson was sent packing from his team president role after the season, and Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Enes Kanter and forward Doug McDermott (and a second-round pick) last week.
Gone with them is Jackson’s old triangle offense — which wasn’t exactly a smash hit in the Big Apple.
Now, the Knicks are left with the likes of Porzingis, Hardway Jr., Lee, Michael Beasley and incoming point guards Jarrett Jack, Ramon Sessions and perhaps rookie lottery pick Frank Ntilikina to try to push the pace.
“The speed wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” Hornacek told reporters of the 2016-17 Knicks. “I think we’re going to try to open it up, obviously the strength of our team should allow us to that.”