Kristaps Porzingis.

Kristaps Porzingis thinks Jeff Hornacek's appointment means big things for the Knicks

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The New York Knicks have fallen on hard times in the past three seasons and haven't really come close to qualifying for the postseason playoffs as a result.

Derek Fisher was fired back in February of this year after Phil Jackson's protege experiment fell flat, and his interim replacement didn't gain the required backing to take on the post full-time, much to the chagrin of Jackson if reports are to be believed.

However, former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek has taken the reigns now and one of the Knicks' few bright spots, Kristaps Porzingis, is clearly delighted with the direction the Big Apple franchise is heading in.

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In an interview with ESPN's Ian Begley, the Latvian giant said: "There were a lot of names, coming up -- David Blatt, [Frank] Vogel. Hornacek just came out of the nowhere. I think it's a really good decision from [team president] Phil [Jackson] and [GM] Steve [Mills].

"I think he's a very smart coach. He knows how to use his players and that's exactly what we need. And we'll see if we can get some more players this offseason. But I think we have enough talent and having [Carmelo Anthony] makes everybody better.

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"So if we know how to go from there, using Melo, myself and involving everybody, using everybody's strengths and putting it all together, then we'll be a different team. We'll be able to succeed."

As optimistic as Porzingis may be, the Knicks need to recruit well this summer if they plan to stand a chance at making the playoffs again. Reports that they are interested in Derrick Rose are intriguing, but it's hard to imagine the Knicks making an attractive offer without chucking either Porzingis or Anthony into any deal.

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