Jeff Hornacek Rumors

All NBA Players

Michael Beasley is no longer in a swaggering state of braggadocio, no longer talking about himself as “a walking bucket.’’ The Knicks forward has seen too much time on the pine. The free-agent signee has failed to get consistent minutes in Jeff Hornacek’s rotation. “I think everybody wishes they played more — except the guys playing 45 minutes a night,’’ Beasley told The Post after the Knicks’ 107-84 debacle Friday in Toronto. “But I’m not here to say what I need or want personally. Whatever the team needs. If they need me to play 40 minutes, I’ll play it. If they want me to clap on the bench, I’ll do it.”
Jeff Hornacek is glad Frank Ntilikina pushed back — literally — against LeBron James. And the Knicks coach is delighted the James-Ntilikina-Enes Kanter kerfuffle occurred, believing it bonded the team despite a loss Monday to the Cavaliers. “I thought it was great,’’ he said on the newest edition of “The Jeff Hornacek Experience” that debuts Friday night on MSG Networks after the Knicks face the Raptors. “When we played back in the day, there was a lot of that. So you don’t see as much now in today’s game. But, you know, whether the comments from LeBron were aimed at Frank or the Knicks or Phil [Jackson] or whatever it was, I was happy that Frank gave him a little shove and then when LeBron stood in front of him and Enes jumped in there. That’s kind of the chemistry that gets developed when guys are playing for each other. You saw Enes jump right in the middle of this and said, ‘Nah you’re not gonna do this to my young guy.’ So that’s a great sign to see the togetherness of our guys.”
The Knicks outscored the Jazz 29-19 in the fourth quarter and Hardaway played a pivotal role, scoring 14 of his 26 points in the period. Among them were a driving layup that gave the Knicks their first lead since early in the game and a three-pointer that gave the Knicks a 102-98 lead with 32 seconds remaining. “Tim is doing a great job for us,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We need that activity, that cutting. He’s one of those guys who can attack the basket for us . . . The way he’s playing defense and scrambling is a big reason we’re winning games.”
Noah didn’t comment, but Hornacek said the former All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year, who was voted the team’s defensive captain, has handled the situation professionally. “Jo’s a great team guy,” Hornacek said. “He wants us to win. He sees how they’re playing right now. He doesn’t want to have to rock the boat but he is competitive and he wants to be out there to help us.”