The New York Knicks held practice on Thursday, and you know what that means ... YOGA TIME!
A look at the Knicks' post-practice yoga session: pic.twitter.com/5NUrH3R2wM— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 6, 2016
You can clearly see Kristaps Porzingis in the back practicing the “I’m Kristaps and I’ll pose however I want” position.
Joakim Noah, who missed the opener with a hamstring injury, is hoping to get on the court Saturday. He doesn’t sound overly convinced that is going to happen:
.@JoakimNoah: “I want to be out there with my teammates.” #Knicks pic.twitter.com/mx15kdRGRh— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 6, 2016
Sounds like Noah was extremely limited in his workouts — “spot shooting, stuff in the weight room” — which means they are keeping him off that bum hamstring as much as possible. If he’s not practicing, there’s no way in hell the team is going to play him. It’s the friggin’ preseason, after all.
As for Derrick Rose, who is attending his rape trial in Los Angeles, his status remains up in the air:
Jeff Hornacek says he is unsure if Derrick Rose will be with the team for Saturday's Nets game or Monday's game against Washington.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 6, 2016
Head coach Jeff Hornacek caught flak from some fans over his decision not to implement a defensive game plan during the opener. Well he’s doubling down on that decision, per Ian Begley:
For those wondering: Hornacek says he probably won't implement defensive scouting reports into game prep until the final 3 preseason games.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 6, 2016
I can get down with this. Hornacek seems to be invested in learning his players’ tendencies, as opposed to the traditional Knicks strategy of “Do whatever I say, whether or not you have the ability to execute it.”