Willis Reed Rumors

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Reed says he thought fired coach Derek Fisher was initially a “good choice” to lead the team, but Reed also likes new head coach Jeff Hornacek. Even if Hornacek was a pain in Reed’s side when Reed coached at Creighton University and Hornacek was a rival NCAA player on Iowa State. “I like Hornacek. My wife don’t like him, because we used to play him when I was (coaching) at Creighton and he was playing for Johnny Orr (at Iowa State). He used to beat the hell out of us,” says Reed, laughing. “She never liked him. But those were the old days. I liked the way he played the game. I wish him well.”
Willis Reed, the center on the only two championships the Knicks won in their history, likes the move Knicks president Phil Jackson made in reaching agreement with Robin Lopez to play his old position. Lopez, the twin brother of the Nets’ Brook, is known for his defense and that is what wins, said Reed, the Hall of Famer and former Knicks captain. “Let me put it this way,” Reed said. “I know one thing about Mr. Jackson, President Jackson, he knows his defense has got to get a lot better than it was. And I’m sure he’s working on that.”
They are not doctors, don’t play ones on TV, but two of the greatest Knicks ever, “The Captain” Willis Reed and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, know something about injuries and rehab. Though both said Saturday they cannot speak to the extent of Carmelo Anthony’s bum knee, both were in agreement on one point if surgery is needed: Do it now. “I don’t know how severe it is, but if he’s going to need an operation, he should have it now,” Frazier said while signing autographs at a Steiner Sports Pop Up Shop for All-Star Weekend in Midtown. “No need in hanging around or messing around. Just have it and have that much more time to recuperate.”