Sep. 25, 2017
Hornacek the culprit behind skipped meeting by Porzingis!
We knew that the Knicks relationship with Kristaps Porzingis has been a rocky one. Most assumed it was due to Phil Jackson but reports have come out that a driving force behind Porizingis missing his exit meeting was Head Coach Jeff Hornacek.
According to a report by Peter Vecsey, Hornacek rode Porzingis hard last season and their feud culminated in explosive fashion. Willy Hernangomez is Porzingis’ best friend on the team, and at one point, Hornacek reportedly cornered the Spanish big man and told him to tell Porzingis to stop “stop playing like a pu**y.” That led Porzingis to skip out on his exit interview and basically shut down any relationship with his head coach.
Vecsey does note that he’s heard Porzingis and Hornacek are back on speaking terms, either through text or through Hernangomez. We’ll see how long that lasts.
The rest of the details in the piece are fascinating. Apparently at one point, Porzingis developed a habit of parking in spots designated for management at the team’s practice facility. Additionally, while Hornacek was fairly brutal to the 22-year-old star, he never said anything to Carmelo Anthony.
After reading some of these quotes and stories of what actually happened in the background, I doubt Hornacek will last the full season. With the team looking to go young and re-build through the draft, is Hornacek the right coach for that direction? Porzingis is the face of the franchise and so if he does not like the coach, he won't get traded, they will just fire the coach. We have seen it many times by numerous stars on different teams.
This adds more drama to this up-coming season because Hornacek could be fighting for his job and all eyes will be watching this relationship.