WASHINGTON — New Knicks common supervisor Scott Perry stated he believes the staff’s followers shall be glad with any end result this season in the event that they witness a franchise “establishing a course” and preventing each recreation.
The brand new regime has centered the 2017-18 season on creating a younger core and never focusing as a lot on a playoff spot. Coach Jeff Hornacek drove that time house additional Friday morning, evaluating his gig to that of 76ers coach Brett Brown, who oversaw a multi-season tank job in Philadelphia.
“Followers basically respect groups who compete and battle exhausting each night time,’’ Perry stated in a pregame assembly with the touring beat writers earlier than the Knicks confronted the Wizards of their second preseason recreation. “I feel followers will respect that. We’ll see the place that takes us. No one has a crystal ball, what that’s going to imply for outcomes this yr. Let that play out.
“The large factor is that this group competing, enjoying onerous, enjoying collectively, making an attempt to defend each night time. If we will do this, they will reside with the outcomes. The followers will at the very least see the right path we’re headed. That’s going to be key — establishing path the place we’re headed as a corporation.’’
The Carmelo Anthony commerce lower than two weeks in the past set in movement the complete rebuilding course of during which eyeing a spot in a probably star-studded lottery has logic. Administration covets its core of seven gamers to construct round — including Doug McDermott and Enes Kanter to the group of Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, Willy Hernangomez, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Ron Baker. All seven are 25 or youthful.
“I simply need to see us compete onerous each day, whether or not apply, recreation or scrimmage,” Perry stated. “This group comes out and fights. That’s what I need to see. If I can see this persistently, I can stay with the outcomes this yr.”
Earlier within the day, Hornacek stated on the subject of endurance this season: “You bought to seek out the mixture. Brett Brown has found out a great way to try this. It’s arduous as a coach since you need to win. You perceive the method you need to undergo. You attempt to not sacrifice what you’re making an attempt to do to construct simply to win some video games.”
In Las Vegas, the Knicks’ over-underneath for victories has dropped because the Anthony deal from 30½ to 29½.
“We need to construct the best means,” Perry stated. “It’s like constructing a house. You need to construct a strong basis. It takes time to determine that basis. We’ll be opportunistic as we…