Noah, the new Knicks center, was the only player not to attend the dinner where a retired colonel spoke to the group about team building. “It’s hard for me a little bit,” Noah said Friday afternoon. “I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it’s hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world? So I have mixed feelings about being here. “I’m very proud of this country. I love America, but I just don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”
Of the 18 players in camp, 15 have fully guaranteed pacts, including big men Lou Amundson, Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour. Hornacek said eating contracts is not a problem. “We have a lot of guys under contract and fighting for a place,’’ Hornacek said. “Nobody’s guaranteed. The Knicks organization, they’re not afraid to cut a guy with a guaranteed contract if there’s another player who’s better.’’