Knicks Tab Rambis as Coach on 'D'

By Popper, Steve | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), November 9, 2016 | Go to article overview

Knicks Tab Rambis as Coach on 'D'


Popper, Steve, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- While there has been much focus on the Knicks' offensive schemes, it has been the defense that has been the ugliest aspect of the early season troubles and is ranked last in the NBA.

One thing that players and coach Jeff Hornacek agreed on was that focusing on the triangle offense was partially to blame, leaving the team to practice against an offensive system that they never faced in a game. In a bizarre twist, the Knicks on Tuesday named Kurt Rambis, the coach tasked with teaching the offense, to head up the defense.

A restless Phil Jackson stepped in, assigning his friend -- and the coach he passed over for the head job this summer -- as the defensive coach for the team. While Hornacek tried to downplay the significance of the move, it was telling that Rambis, the coach awkwardly pushed onto the staff, was given the assignment rather than one of the assistants that Hornacek brought with him.

"Um, it could've been anybody," Hornacek said. "It could've been Jerry [Sichting], could have been Corey [Gaines]. We all talk as a coaching staff about the same things, so Kurt had some of these guys last year. …

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