During the New York Knicks’ coaching search, word got out that Carmelo Anthony wanted Phil Jackson to hire David Blatt, which was probably code for “just hire somebody who isn’t Kurt Rambis.” And now that Jackson has gone in an unexpected direction by bringing on Jeff Hornacek, Melo is on board, according to ESPN.com’s Ian Begley:
“I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix,” Anthony said in an interview Saturday with 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.”
Perhaps more importantly, Anthony said Saturday that he believes Hornacek gives the Knicks a chance to turn things around. The club has missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.
“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.”