Jeff Hornacek says Phil Jackson has been "hands off" and is not interfering with his coaching


After two years of scrutiny and question marks over his position as the president of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson made moves this past summer that could make the franchise competitive again. 

After proving Knicks fans wrong with the drafting of Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis, the Zen Master followed that up a year later by acquiring more well-known names such as Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. 

Experienced guards Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings were also added to the roster that now makes the Knicks an interesting proposition in the Eastern Conference. 

Despite his offseason dealings and obsession with seeing the team adopt his beloved triangle offence, new head coach Jeff Hornacek has claimed that Jackson has been more "hands off" in his approach during the pre-season and is allowing him to implement his own offence.

"Phil's been great. He's not trying to take over and make us do anything. He's given us the leeway," Hornacek said after practice on Sunday.

"There are some things that we do that aren't the triangle stuff [such as] our early [offense]. Quite honestly, we thought he would say, 'Let's not do that.' Or, 'Let's not do that option.' But he hasn't said that at all."


Hornacek also went on to say that players don't really like to run the triangle offence, which is why he's reluctant to deploy it at all times, but admits that some aspects of it will exist within his system.

"Guys don't like to run it," he said, per the New York Daily News. "I think that's where most people are coming from. If you end up being a slowdown team and never end up getting easy buckets and you're running that halfcourt set all the time... guys, first of all, don't like to run it.

"But secondly, it makes it very difficult to get easy buckets early in the offence and I think in today's game those early buckets are nice to get. We're not running it every time. We're mixing it here and there. Hopefully, for us it's a good thing we can do when we need to execute a play on a dead ball that we have something to go to."

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It will be interesting to see how hands off Jackson will continue to be if Hornacek's style doesn't translate to wins on the court.

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