The New York Knicks ushered in a new era when they named Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach. According to the latest NBA rumors, Hornacek already has plans on how to use Kristaps Porzingis on offense next season and he revealed them in a recent interview with The Hahn and Humpty Show.
“Kristaps, with his ability, his size, he’s going get better and better as the years go on. We hope to put him in different positions to take advantage. If they play a small guy on him, we’ll work on his post up stuff or a way to get him the ball inside and dominate in there,” Hornacek said via Ian Begley of ESPN.
“Or if they try to put a big guy on him, he can work his outside game. Those are two great weapons to have, we’ll use both of them,” he added.
However, Hornacek added that it does not mean Carmelo Anthony will have fewer touches on offense. He mentioned that he will use both Porzingis and Anthony in different ways depending on the team they are facing.
The 32-year-old superstar has been working hard this offseason to preserve his body, especially his surgically-repaired knees. He only missed ten games last season after missing 42 games in the 2014-15 season.
On the other hand, Porzingis has been working to improve his game and add more muscle to his frame. He was second in the Rookie of the Year voting after averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 blocks in 72 games last season.
The 20-year-old Latvian star has the potential to be a great player in the NBA and his improvement lies in the hands on how he will be used next season. According to the New York Post, Hornacek has already praised Porzingis by saying that he can become the best player in the league.
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The Knicks will have a busy offseason as they try to improve their roster in order to make the playoffs. Team president Phil Jackson told ESPN that the Knicks has a good chance to qualify for the postseason because of how weak the Eastern Conference is.
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