CLEVELAND — Jeff Hornacek has the help of the entrance workplace as long as the staff exhibits enchancment.
That was the underlying message Sunday from Knicks president Steve Mills, who, based mostly on a rocky begin to the season, was already diffusing hypothesis that the coach is on the recent seat.
“There was hypothesis not on our half however by the surface world,” Mills stated. “This summer time, when Jeff and I went to Jim Dolan with a plan of how we needed to construct this staff — and the way we needed the group to return collectively — and we simply need to see progress. We need to attempt to win as many video games as we will. We would like the blokes to play exhausting each night time. The three of us, we’re all on the identical web page because it pertains to that. We simply need to see the staff transfer in a constructive path.”
Hornacek sits within the tenuous place of being employed by ousted president Phil Jackson. He didn’t assist his standing with an zero-three begin that adopted an zero-5 preseason, accompanied by grumblings from gamers that they didn’t know the playbook.
Friday’s blowout win over Nets turned an encouraging respite from the dropping, however the schedule is unforgiving with Cleveland on Sunday night time adopted by residence video games towards Denver and Houston. An early controversy has been Hornacek’s dealing with of Willy Hernangomez, who was touted by the entrance workplace as a cornerstone piece however had been relegated to the bench.
There have been some points with Hernangomez’s work ethic in coaching camp, however Mills stated he’s assured the Spaniard will return to the rotation.
“We’re not dictating who performs. We don’t inform Jeff who to play,” Mills stated. “Jeff understands our technique as an entire and went these guys to develop. On the finish of the day, we inform the gamers and we inform Jeff that you simply acquired to earn your minutes. Billy understands that and Billy’s executed a very good job during the last week understanding what he has to do. He’s undoubtedly stepped it up in follow.
“That is a part of Billy’s improvement. He’s a man that’s going to be with us for the subsequent three years. We received plenty of time to work with him and he’s going to be part of who we’re.”
Hornacek is within the second season of a 3-yr deal. His 31-fifty one report final season was muddied by Phil Jackson’s triangle intrusions, however Hornacek additionally…