Scott Perry on Frank Ntilikina’s shooting slump: “I see a 19-year-old whose eyes are wide open. He’s a sponge. This is a young kid trying to figure out not only the NBA game but moving to a new country. There’s a lot of adjusting going on. He’s trying to master what I believe is the toughest position in the game. Fortunately, we have two veterans in the locker room in Jarrett Jack and Ramon Sessions — Jarrett being the more vocal guy. He’s got good mentors in his position. Defensively, he’s further ahead. I think it’s a good thing for a young player. My experience is trying to figure out with rookies: Who can they matchup up on the defensive end? That’s one of his strengths. Once he gets through the entire league, he’ll continue to become more aggressive on the offensive end and figure things out.”
Scott Perry on Jeff Hornacek’s performance: “I think Jeff is doing a very solid job for this team, getting an opportunity to add to the culture. He and I communicate on a daily basis. We have a strong relationship. I’m looking forward for him to continue to push these guys in the manner we want them pushed, continue to grow as a defensive team, grow our competitive edge.”
The Bulls were on the second night of a back-to-back and had major travel woes after their Friday win in Charlotte, unable to fly back until Saturday afternoon. The Knicks fell behind by 13 points in the first quarter — and that’s all Hornacek cared about. “First of all, that’s worthless,” Hornacek said of the late rally. “The game was lost way in the beginning. That team had travel issues. We come out at the start not ready to play and let them get out to a big lead. There’s no excuse for that. We talked about that — to hit them hard at the beginning of the game. Instead, we were floating out there.”