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With Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, Jeff Hornacek is looking canada goose coats on sale at an empty canvas, facing three openings in the starting lineup. And he hardly sounded worried about filling Anthony’s void at small forward.
In fact, Hornacek couldn’t have sounded less sentimental that Anthony is no longer a Knick. Courtney Lee, last season’s starting shooting guard, canada goose outlet shop appears to be canada goose clearance the leading candidate to replace Anthony as the starting small forward.
“You’ve been around the NBA a long time, trades happen,” Hornacek said Tuesday. “I’ve been a part of trades. It’s always tough. Doug [McDermott] and Enes [Kanter] now have one day to come here and get ready for training camp. It makes our team a little canada goose outlet new york city bit different, a little bit younger, but these guys are all canada goose outlet store happy to be here and ready to play. don’t necessarily have these superstars that have been in the league for many years carrying our team,” Hornacek added. “We’ve got to do it collectively.”
Hornacek coached Anthony for only one season, but it was still surprising he didn’t mention him by name. Yes, the coach is ready to move on, canada goose outlet online and has to fill the Anthony void while also cheap canada goose uk figuring out his starting point guard and center.
“It’s a great competition we’re going to have in training camp,” Hornacek said. “All that stuff will fold out. You start looking at rotations and guys that play, you’re considering moving guys to some different positions, that’s part of it.”
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Anthony’s departure leaves small forward wide open. Lee potentially could move from shooting guard to the starting 3 in a small alignment or newcomers Michael Beasley or McDermott, who has a previous relationship with Hornacek, can replace Anthony in the starting lineup.
The Knicks have a lot invested in Lee, lavishing him with a four year, $50 million pact last summer, but he’s not in the club’s sweet spot as far as age.
Lee will turn 32 next week and realizes the post Phil Jackson vision is of youth and rebuilding.”I’m young hearted,” Lee said. “You can’t defeat Father Time. That happens, especially when you trade a guy such as Melo, who was a big part of what the vision was last year. The only thing we can do is start young. We got a good, young core group. It’s going to be my job and everybody else who’s in that 30 club to push these guys and come out here and compete and show them the Canada Goose Parka right way and lay down that blueprint, so they can take it and go forward with it.”
However, Lee canada goose outlet reviews wants to win canada goose coats now. When asked if it meant a lot for him to start, Lee snapped, cheap canada goose “The thing that would mean the most to me is if we make the playoffs.”
The bigger issue of having a Hardaway Lee tandem at the 2 3 is more defensively than offensively. Hardaway is 6 foot canada goose outlet in usa 6 and Lee is canada goose outlet uk sale 6 5, compared with the 6 8 McDermott goose outlet canada and 6 9 Beasley.
“I canada goose outlet had talks with Coach,” Lee said. “I’m going to let him tell canada goose factory sale you all what he plans to do with that. One thing I do know canada goose outlet is we’re going to play faster. That’s one thing they’ve been stressing, is to make sure we’re in shape. We’re going to get out and run people, and we’re going to wear on teams. The pace of the game is definitely going to be faster.”
Citing this new age of position less basketball, Hornacek acknowledged that smaller alignment will be heavily considered. Anthony canada goose outlet parka and Paul George, new teammates in OKC, play the same position.”This league is a little bit different now,” Hornacek said. “You don’t have the traditional 1, 2, 3, 4, 5s. You’ve got [centers] shooting 3s. You’ve got 6 4 guys playing the 3 spot sometimes. It gives us options. Both those guys [Hardaway and Lee] are great shooters. Guys that are active defensively, they can help us out, whether together or playing out there on the court at the same time or if we’re alternating.”
French rookie Frank Ntilikina will attempt to follow Porzingis and win the starting job as a lottery pick, going up against veterans Jarrett Jack and Ramon Sessions, who still has not been introduced to the media as a Knick despite signing in early August. Sessions missed almost all of the voluntary workouts.
And then there’s the logjam at center after the Anthony trade, adding Kanter, the very serviceable big man canada goose uk outlet from OKC. Joakim Noah is lost for the first 12 games because of the drug suspension carryover, and Willy Hernangomez was the presumed starter.
“We’re looking at all our centers,” Hornacek said. “You’ve got Enes. You’ve got KO canada goose outlet black friday [Kyle O'Quinn]. You have Willy. All those guys do great things for us. We’re trying to find the best way to use them, and they all kind of lend different things, but they’re all well rounded players.”.