Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the New York Knicks who are reportedly considering Kurt Rambis to be part of Jeff Hornacek’s coaching staff to aid in the execution of triangle offense with the team.
According to Mack Berman of the New York Post, New York Knicks new head coach Jeff Hornacek is having a discussion with Kurt Rambis to join his staff. Hornacek believes that Rambis’ knowledge in the triangle offense can be a big help with the team since he plans to use the system in half-court sets.
“It would probably be more awkward if I didn’t know Kurt, but I do know Kurt from our playing days,’’ Hornacek said after his formal press conference Friday. “We talked about a lot of things. How if we kept him on, what his role would be. It was a good talk. … I know Kurt pretty well. We’ll continue to talk and if it works out, we’ll figure it out then.’’
Kurt Rambis, a close friend of New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, became one of the emerging candidates for the Knicks’ head coach position. However, due to several disagreements from the team owner and players, Jeff Hornacek was chosen to be the Knicks’ head coach.
Rambis planned to play 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis at the small forward position which may be considered a bad move since Porzingis was more productive being the man in the middle. Also, Knicks’ star forward Carmelo Anthony expressed his opinion against Kurt Rambis being their head coach. There are rumors that he will be waiving his ‘no-trade’ clause once Rambis gets the position.
If Kurt Rambis declined Jeff Hornacek’s offer, there are still many candidates who can be part of his coaching staff. The New York Knicks are also considering Joshua Longstaff, David Bliss, former Suns assistant Jerry Sichting, and defensive assistant Mike Longabardi to be part of Hornacek’s coaching staff.
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