Jeff Hornacek’s rage pushes NY Knicks to historic victory

jeff-hornacek-knicksLast year, a lot of basketball fans thought former NBA player Jeff Hornacek was not fit to coach the NY Knicks. This year, it is slowly becoming obvious that Hornacek wasn’t the issue.

Hornacek has recently led the Knicks to a historic victory over the Toronto Raptors.

When the New York Knicks headed to the locker room 58-49 down to the Toronto Raptors at halftime, Hornacek wanted to make his feelings clear.

Hornacek was unhappy with the team’s effort on defense, and unleashed what is said to have been an explicit rant at his players, according to a report from Newsweek.

Hornacek’s rant proved to be a good strategy, as the Knicks went off after the halftime.

In the third quarter, they outscored the Raptors by 31 points which included a stretch of scoring 28 unanswered points. In the end, the Knicks triumphed 108-100 in what was a historic win over Toronto.

Much of the credit for such impressive numbers—the plus-31 margin in the quarter was the Knicks’ biggest in a quarter since 1954-55, according to ESPN—was given to the conversations that took place at halftime.

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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