Hornacek: Knicks need to get defensive

Howard Megdal, Special for USA TODAY Sports
2:19 p.m. EDT June 3, 2016

Hornacek takes over a Knicks team that went 32-50 last season, missing the playoffs for the third straight season.
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For Jeff Hornacek, the opportunity to coach the New York Knicks represented more than a new opportunity. It came as a complete surprise.

“I really didn’t think it was,” Hornacek said of how realistic a possibility It was of getting the job he, Phil Jackson, Steve Mills and assembled media gathered at the team’s training facility Friday to discuss. “My agents called and said that Phil was going to call you. And I said, ‘Really?’”

Hornacek’s surprise represents something beyond modesty, though the success he enjoyed as head coach of the Phoenix Suns represents both an impressive resume, while his difficult end there—a 14-35 record and midseason firing this past year—few lay at his feet.

It also reflects a broadening of Phil Jackson’s planning,…

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