In the face of the Toronto Raptors, Jeff Hornacek expressed his admiration for the strategy adopted by the Canadian franchise in recent years.
The New York Knicks welcome Toronto this Sunday (6 pm) and Jeff Hornacek’s men will have a hard time facing the best team in the Eastern Conference. Already qualified for the playoffs, the Raptors are experiencing a season at odds with those experienced by Big Apple players. While the franchise was hoping to reconnect with the playoffs this year, nothing has gone as planned. The fault, in particular, of the serious injury suffered by Kristaps Porzingis, forced him to end his season at the beginning of February.
This match is therefore for Jeff Hornacek the opportunity to analyze the opposite trajectories of two franchises. While the Knicks are sentenced to tank until spring, the Canadians will play the playoffs for the fifth year in a row. A success that the New York coach attributes to the strategy adopted in recent years by the Raptors and their ability to keep the core of their workforce intact seasons after seasons.
“Since we are facing Toronto, you can use them as a great example. They had a pretty decent team three years ago. And they talked about blowing up the workforce. In the end, they did not do anything, “Jeff Hornacek told the NY Post.
“Three years later, they are now one of the best teams in the league. Because all the players know each other well. They know what each of them has to do. Then all you have to do is add a player here and there. Young players who understand how to play. And suddenly, they are there. They did not give up their players. It takes a bit of time but in the end, everyone says ‘They are professionals’. “
Recall that Kyle O’Quinn, Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas will be the only players in the squad of last season to take part in the game this Sunday. It remains to be seen if the analysis of Jeff Hornacek will incite his leaders to bet on the stability to hope finally to find the ways to success after years of famine …