Phil Jackson Rumors
“I think Hornacek had the same kind of issue that Phil did in that he didn’t grasp how different the players are now in the way they think and deal with management and the coaches,” Dolan said. “I think he was way behind on that. “But I think Jeff is a good coach and he’ll do well when he’s hired by another team.”
Jeff Hornacek said Wednesday morning that he hopes to be able to finish what he started and follow through with the plan that he and Knicks president Steve Mills put together after Phil Jackson was fired last summer. “We started it and we’d like to continue it, continue with this team to grow,” Hornacek said leaning against a wall outside the visiting locker room at the morning shootaround. “It’s very satisfying for coaches to take a team and build it and grow it. You can look around the league at some of the teams that are now some of the better teams in the league. They went through those same type of things.
DeFalco: Did you think it would be hard to be a teammate with Scottie when you first came here? Rodman: I really didn’t look at that. I think the fact that me coming to Chicago was more surprising. I’m saying, “Chicago? How did Chicago get my rights from San Antonio?” So the story came out that they traded me for Will Perdue. Will Perdue, guys. Come on, really? I mean, we got probably the greatest rebounder on the planet and I remember getting low-balled by Will Perdue. Once the trade was done, I went to Jerry Krause’s house with Michael, Scottie, Phil Jackson, his dog, everybody else. We’re at Jerry Krause’s house and we’re having dinner and stuff like that. And we basically didn’t talk to each other at all. It was like “The Triangle.” Michael sat here, Scottie sat here, I sat over here, and Phil’s right in the middle. So we’re at the house and nobody’s talking to each other.
Rodman: So Phil comes over to me and says, “Hey, Dennis, can you do me a favor?” I say, “What is that?” He says, “Can you go over there and say you’re sorry to Scottie?” I was, like, “What? Say what? I’m sorry to Scottie?” Phil said, “You know, just go over there and soften him up a little bit, you know because of what happened in ’91. You pushed him in the stands.” I said, “You fucking gotta be kidding me, right? This is a fucking game.” He said, “Just do it for me.” So I go up to Scottie and I say, “Hey man, I’m sorry about what happened.” He said, “Don’t worry about it, man. We just want to win.” And that’s how the deal got done.
Jeff Hornacek, New York Knicks: Hornacek never really had a chance in New York — first dealing with Phil Jackson and the triangle offense, and then being inherited by a new regime this season. That said, Hornacek’s time with the Knicks is all but certain to end after next Wednesday’s season finale. Several names have already been linked to the job — including Monty Williams, Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd. In the midst of a full rebuild, team President Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry could go in multiple directions with this hire.
Meanwhile, according to an NBA source, the Noah-O’Quinn shouting incidents weren’t the first time the lame-duck Knicks coach got profanities thrown his way by a Knicks player. The source told The Post that late last season, Kristaps Porzingis, normally the politest of souls, cursed out Hornacek during a practice, using the F-word. While players and coaches get at it behind closed doors more than you’d think, the Porzingis-Hornacek tiff partially underscored why Porzingis didn’t show up for his exit meeting. Phil Jackson wasn’t the lone target of his franchise disgruntlement.