On Pro Basketball: Whose Knicks Team Is This? You Might Be Surprised


Jeff Hornacek directing the Knicks in a game last month. Asked after Monday’s loss whether the team’s ball movement was consistent enough, he said, “That’s one thing we need to get better at.”

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From an entertaining game Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, you could have come away with the practical notion that the Knicks are still Carmelo Anthony’s team, given his game-winning jumper, on a play designed for him, to cap an otherwise putrid shooting night.

Or you might have mused that Kristaps Porzingis, who continues to perform on a growth curve commensurate with his skyscraping wingspan, is gradually taking over the unofficial status role that has become so much a part of the contemporary N.B.A. vernacular.

You would be wrong on both accounts. This week, there was more than a hint that the Knicks are not really Anthony’s team, not yet Porzingis’s team and unlikely ever to be Derrick Rose’s team.

The argument can be made that they are not even Phil Jackson’s team, front-office status…

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