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Jeff Hornacek has one year left on his contract, but good luck finding league observers who believe he will survive to see it out. The former Knicks guard Mark Jackson keeps coming up as a hot name to succeed Hornacek, amid a growing belief the Knicks’ new front-office chief — Scott Perry — will want to install his own hand-picked choice heading into next season.
According to Hornacek, he gave Ntilikina limited minutes against Philadelphia on Thursday to avoid the rookie facing 6-10, rookie-of-the-year candidate Ben Simmons. And Hornacek wouldn’t start him Saturday despite Courtney Lee’s absence due to the 6-9 presence of shooting guard Nic Batum. Too much size and strength for the 19-year-old Ntilikina to handle. Or not?
“As a competitor, I don’t agree with that,” Ntilikina said in an impassioned voice. “That would make myself be — I don’t know how to say it in English. But I just want to take every challenge. That’s the coach’s job and decision to put who he thinks will be better on the court, but as a player, you got to be ready when he calls you.”