Jeff Hornacek spent Thursday afternoon at the New York Knicks' facility in Westchester with team president Phil Jackson, meeting with staffers and players, according to sources. At some point on Thursday, Jackson and general manager Steve Mills offered Hornacek the head coaching job and the two sides began negotiations.
Players, eh? Well that's interesting, since we know that star forward Carmelo Anthony worked out at the Knicks' training facility on Thursday. Is this tacit approval of the new coach on Melo's part? Clearly it can't be a coincidence: What are the odds Melo was just working out on a weekday afternoon? Slim to none, as far as I'm concerned.
Since Melo and Hornacek were occupying the same general space at the same general time, the time has come to speculate on whether or not they actually met. I see a few distinct possibilities:
Scenario 1: A hat-less Melo walked past Hornacek in the hallway. Hornacek thought to himself, "That guy looks like Melo. I should probably go back and introduce myself. On second thought, he's not wearing a hat, so it can't be Melo."
Scenario 2: Melo and Hornacek did meet, discussed the past 2-3 seasons, and then reenacted this scene from Good Will Hunting:
Scenario 3: Melo and Hornacek played beer pong. Jeff won. Jeff always wins at beer pong.
Scenario 4: Hornacek hid in a bathroom stall for five hours, afraid that Melo would never stop talking about his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles clothing line.
Melo: "So ... um ... am I really supposed to call you 'Horny‘?"
Hornacek: "I'd really rather you didn't."
Melo: "Oh thank God! People are idiots."
Hornacek: "Yes they are, Melo ... yes they are."