Former NBA player Jeff Hornacek has signed a new deal for the head coaching position with the NY Knicks, and is looking to turn around the team.
Hornacek, who has experience of previously coaching the Phoenix Suns, believes that the Knicks need to play a lot better defense to improve.
““I played for Cotton Fitzsimmons, who was very offensive-minded, and Jerry Sloan, who is very defensive-minded,” Hornacek said. “So for me, I’ve always played for coaches who wanted us to play tough, hard-nosed defense, and to let that be our guide … to me, if you want to win and win big, you’ve got to buckle down defensively.”
“You can’t just rely on the big guys—it starts with pressure on the ball from your guards,” he said, according to USA Today.
Hornacek admitted that he didn’t expect the Knicks president Phil Jackson would be willing to give him the position of the head coach.
A 1992 NBA All-Star, Hornacek is remembered for his 7 seasons with the Utah Jazz, where he got traded from the Philadelphia 76ers and where he fit right in with John Stockton and Karl Malone.
Hornacek helped the Jazz reach the NBA finals twice in 1997 and 1998. In his last NBA season, Hornacek shot 47% from 3-point range and led the NBA in free throw shooting with 95%.
He played a total of 1077 NBA games (started in 910), averaging 14.5 ppg, 4.9 apg in 31.5 mpg.
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