Just a couple of days ago Melo took an ambiguous shot at Hornacek and his coaching staff suggesting that the Knicks’ problems were being caused by the team’s inability to make in-game adjustments as needed. The 53-year-old coach does not seem too pleased with this criticism and has decided to fire back.
Speaking to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy, Hornacek stated:
“I think maybe later in the game (we are predictable), but there’s different options off of that predictability or that set that they can do. It can be into a corner pick and roll. But if we don’t come off – if we just throw it to Carmelo and stand, then it becomes predictable.”
Although the head coach specifically named Melo in his statement, he did not necessarily put all the blame on the 10-time All-Star alone. Rather, it looks as though he is calling out his entire team for playing static offense and not moving around as they should be.
“The guys are supposed to come off that, get to the corner,” Hornacek continued. “Melo, if he doesn’t have a good move there, that elbow shot, then he can go to the corner pick and roll and put pressure on them that way.”
This is quite a bizarre situation in which both sides seem to be putting blame on the other. What’s clear is that the Knicks are currently not functioning properly as a team. The players and the coaching staff are obviously not on the same page and this season just could not end any soon enough for one of the biggest franchises in the NBA.
However, the offseason is going to be anything but a walk in the park for the Knicks. Anthony, the highest-paid player on the roster, has been involved in endless trade rumors. Former MVP Derrick Rose’s one-year $21.3 million deal will expire and he could opt to walk away. Joakim Noah, who’s on a lucrative contract until the 2019-20 season, is a shell of the player he once was as his injury problems never seem to end. All these issues will need to be addressed by Phil Jackson and the Knicks front office as they look forward to a fresh start come the 2017-18 NBA season.