Kurt Rambis Rumors
Coaches giving R-rated critiques of their teams’ play at halftime isn’t unusual. But something extraordinary happened that afternoon. The normally laid-back Anthony — his preferred social media hashtag is #StayMe7o — was moved to respond. And it wasn’t pretty. According to people familiar with the matter, Anthony said to no one in particular that “this whole thing” is a “joke” and added “f— this place” loud enough for most in the room to hear. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis responded to Anthony directly, asking him if he had anything to say to the group. “Yeah I have something to say: This place is a f—ing joke,” Anthony responded.
The back-and-forth between Anthony, Hornacek and Rambis in March was but one example of the instability that plagued the 2016-17 Knicks. It typified a divide caused by some players’ lack of faith in the defensive game plan under associate head coach Rambis and Hornacek’s use of the triangle offense, according to sources.
On the same day Phil Jackson tweeted an emoji of a triangle along with a Happy Birthday to his beloved offense’s creator, Tex Winter, Jeff Hornacek acknowledged the Knicks have re-embraced the system recently. In fact, sources told the Daily News that the Knicks spent an entire practice going over the offense, with assistant Kurt Rambis getting more involved.