Porzingis: Knicks more confident in offense

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis says the organization has more "confidence" in the Knicks' offense this season now that head coach Jeff Hornacek is "running his own stuff."

Last year, under the influence of ex-team president Phil Jackson, Hornacek blended aspects of Jackson's triangle offense into sets that he ran while coaching the Phoenix Suns, which players and coaches said led to confusion amid a 51-loss campaign.

"This year you can feel that Jeff has more, he's running his own stuff without anybody coming in and telling him what to do or how to do so I think from the top down you can feel that there's more confidence in what we are doing," Porzingis said in an interview with ESPN Radio's The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday. "It's a better feeling this way."

Hornacek addressed the same topic earlier Tuesday when he was asked about LeBron James' assessment of the Knicks' offense.

After leading the Cavs to a come-from-behind win over New York on Monday, James said that the Knicks' offense is more effective because Hornacek has the freedom to run what he chooses. "I think Jeff, the coach, Jeff Hornacek is finally -- with the release of the old fella, he's finally allowed to implement what he wants to do on the team and he's showing it's very effective," James said.

Hornacek was asked on Tuesday about the accuracy of James' assessment.

"Well, we are not running the stuff we did last year with the mix of plays," the coach said. "Our guys are feeling comfortable with what we are running. We are going to get better at that. It's a style most of those guys like to play. It makes it easier for them. Even in this system, there's a lot of teaching we have to do. We have to continue to learn the little things that will make it easier."


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