New York Knicks Basketball
Following a busy summer of change, the Knicks head into their 70th Anniversary Season with a new coach, new players and new energy. On June 2, they announced the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as the 28th Head Coach in the team’s history. Voted runner-up for 2014 NBA Coach of the Year, Hornacek brings to the table three seasons of experience as the Phoenix Sun’s Head Coach. Knicks President, Phil Jackson said, “During his career as both a player and coach, he has demonstrated the ability to elevate the game.”
Throughout the summer, the Knicks front office began to reshape their roster to add to the duo of All-Star Carmelo Anthony and NBA All-Rookie first team member Kristaps Porzingis. To improve the team in the short and long term, they wanted a superior “lead guard” and found him in former MVP Derrick Rose in a five-player trade with the Chicago Bulls. “He gives us an opportunity to push the ball with him, being able to penetrate and maybe kick it out for some early offense, threes possibly,” Hornacek explained.
The Knicks filled out their roster in the opening days of free agency by signing center Joakim Noah and guards Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee. Hornacek said, “We believe that the players we have will give us a good mix of versatility and flexibility on both side of the ball. This will help us get to the level we want to achieve.”
With the new players onboard, the Knicks have a seasoned group of talented players that should bring new excitement and fierce competition to the court. As the team celebrates 70 memorable years as a franchise, they’re definitely gearing up to write their own chapter.
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DISABLED SERVICES UPDATE
Madison Square Garden is pleased to offer courtside wheelchair seats for all Knicks home games. Tickets may be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Disabled Services Department at (212) 465-6034 , Garden box office and TicketMaster, by phone at (212) 307-1000 and online at TicketMaster.com.