Earlier this week Kurt Rambis was made his defensive assistant after being the head coach last year after Derek Fisher’s firing. This could be because they have one of the worst defenses in the league with a 111.5 defensive rating.
The Knicks have not gotten of to the start they wanted or expected this season which could be a reason for this sudden change so early on.
Via The New York Post:
Coach Jeff Hornacek acted offended by suggestions Knicks president Phil Jackson forced him to make Kurt Rambis his defensive assistant this week. But he managed to throw in some Hillary Clinton humor. “Call Wikileaks to look at my emails,’’ Hornacek said jokingly. “Zero. He didn’t have anything to do with it.”
You can see Hornacek is adamant that he was not forced to make this move, but rather made it on his own intuition. The Knicks were projected to be a playoff team when this season started and are going to need to clean things up if they still want to get there. The season is young and they still have a lot of time, but if they continue down this same path they’re going to fall way off track and make it really hard to catch up in the playoff picture.
Kristaps Porzingis, who has been coined the nickname of “The Unicorn”, has been a bright spot averaging 19 points on 49 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also averaging 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks and is a main reason, along with Carmelo Anthony, why they can battle through most games.
Derrick Rose is not the same player he once was, but he is adjusting to a new style of play and learning to use his teammates in different ways when he’s no longer the focal point.