Jeff Hornacek will stall installation of Knicks offense until Derrick Rose is back
During his civil trial, Rose cannot be with his team as they train. Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek has decided to stall the installation of his offense, which will be a quicker variation of team president Phil Jackson’s favored offense – the triangle. The coach doesn’t want to sound like a broken record to his players, as per Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News:
“So we don’t go over it again when he’s here,” Hornacek said.
Rose’s trial has become a problem now for the Knicks, after Jackson had previously dismissed the trial as a minor issue. The organization may have hoped that the 2011 NBA MVP would be available earlier, as they attempt to build momentum before the season opener on 26th October against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The long, eventful and extremely complicated case has meant that Rose is yet to return to New York since leaving on October 3rd.
If anyone needs to be aware of the team’s offensive sets, it is the starting point guard, as Hornacek made clear.
“As the point guard, you’re going to have to be the guy who sees everything, you’re the one who is going to have to make a decision,” said Hornacek.
It is currently unlikely that Rose will be available for Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics, which would mean that his first home game would be on October 29th, in a regular season game against the Memphis Grizzlies.