The New York Knicks are expected to name Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach this week and he will be delighted to know he has the seal of approval from the team's star player Carmelo Anthony.
Melo stated at the end of the regular season that he wanted to have an input in the hiring of the franchise's new coach and though it's unclear whether he did, he is clearly happy with the choice they've made.
The nine-time All-Star is particularly looking forward to playing at a quicker speed under Hornacek which he believes will benefit his game offensively.
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"I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix," Anthony told WNBC-TV. "Everybody knows he likes to play an up-tempo pace of game, likes to get out in transition, likes to speed the game up a lot. So from that standpoint, I'll definitely be looking forward to that."
The former Phoenix Suns coach is not expected to implement the triangle offence despite president Phil Jackson insisting on bringing somebody in that could.
The change of tact from him and the front office will allow Hornacek to use his own methods and play his own style.
It's no secret that Jackson was keen to give Kurt Rambis the role on a permanent basis after he served as an interim for the second half of the campaign, but he wasn't a popular choice among the Madison Square garden faithful and so the organisation opted against it.
The Knicks have not made the playoffs in each of their last three seasons and Hornacek will be tasked with getting the team back to the postseason and Anthony says that will be a possibility next year.
"It sets the stage for us to do that," Anthony said. "[It's a] new opportunity, something new to play with, something fresh, a clean plate. So hopefully we can build off of this momentum."