CLEVELAND — Knicks president Steve Mills stated level guard Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez are keepers. He additionally dampened hypothesis about Jeff Hornacek’s fast future, saying he’s not being judged by a gained-loss document, although the Brooklyn victory was an indication the coach was heading in the right direction.
“Jeff, Scott [Perry] and I are on this collectively,” Mills stated.
In a State of the Knicks Handle at Quicken Loans Area, Mills primarily indicated the Knicks have little interest in dealing both Ntilikina or Hernangomez in an Eric Bledsoe deal.
After an zero-three begin that adopted an zero-5 preseason, hypothesis began mounting about Hornacek’s future. Mills stated that didn’t come from the Knicks, and it was too early for judgments.
Nevertheless, Mills fell in need of guaranteeing Hornacek as protected for the season, indicating, regardless of the document, he nonetheless needs to see progress in sure departments relating to protection and chopping down turnovers.
Mills stated Friday’s 107-86 rout of the Nets was big in each areas, the Knicks holding Brooklyn down and the membership committing seven turnovers.
“There was hypothesis, not on our half, however the outdoors world,’’ Mills stated Sunday morning. “This summer time when me and Jeff went to Jim Dolan with a plan and the way we need to construct the staff and are available collectively and bringing Scott in on how the three of us would transfer ahead, we simply need to see progress. We need to win as many video games as we will, however we need to play exhausting each night time.
“The three of us are on the identical web page with that. We need to see the group transfer in a constructive course. Hopefully the Brooklyn recreation is a step in the appropriate path. It demonstrated the sorts of issues we needed the staff to do.”
Mills admitted making a training change early within the season wouldn’t be prudent for a brand new regime in search of a stabler setting after Phil Jackson’s chaotic reign.
“I feel stability is necessary,’’ Mills stated. “Jeff, Scott and I are on this collectively. We’d like to ensure we’re doing as a group and doing the issues we stated we have been going to do over the summer time. So long as we’re doing these issues, we’ll proceed to construct this group.”
Hornacek, even after the Boston debacle dropped the Knicks to zero-three, wasn’t alarmed the membership was slipping regardless of gamers claiming not everybody knew the offense.
“It was getting higher,’’ Hornacek stated. “We simply had a recreation that wasn’t that good.”