Will Kristaps Porzingis Shine in Carmelo Anthony’s Absence?

    Jeff Hornacek joined The Rally to discuss the trajectory of the New York Knicks after trading Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Do the Knicks

    September 25, 2017

    Jeff Hornacek joined The Rally to discuss the trajectory of the New York Knicks after trading Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder.


    Do the Knicks have an identity after moving on from Carmelo Anthony? New York’s head coach Jeff Hornacek told The Rally it may be time for Kristaps Porzingis to be “the guy.”

    “We’re going to give him the best opportunity we can to grow into that position,” Hornacek said on The Rally. “I hate to put it on someone that young to just say, ‘Hey, you’re the guy’ but he’s obviously going to be a major part of our future and we’ve got to get him to grow into that position, and if he can do it that’s great.”

    The Knicks officially announced on Monday that they traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls’ 2018 second-round draft pick. Hornacek said the deal will move Porzingis back to his more natural position of power forward going into this season.

    “K.P. is very good cutting to the basket as well as popping off pick-and-rolls,” Hornacek said. “He puts a lot of pressure on the defense.

    “He’s going to be one of those guys that you’re not going to know how to guard him.”

    But what will be the Knicks’ identity for the upcoming season?

    “That’s the biggest goal for us this year is to get the guys to play as hard as they can on every play.”

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