Knicks beat writers have been interviewing a metric crap-ton of people on their opinion of Jeff Hornacek, some of them knowledgeable, others not so much. We here at P&T have chosen to ignore roughly 99% of these articles ... until Tuesday, when Marc Berman stumbled upon one of the few people on Earth whose opinion we want on the Knicks' next coach, or anything, really.
That's right, folks. I'm talking about the legendary Hubie Brown.
OK, let's say you're a fan of the New York Knicks. You got a new coach coming in, and it's time to get the inside information. You turn to Hubie, right? Of course you do.
The gist of the article is that Hubie believes Hornacek will get the most out of the roster, which is at the moment quite limited. Very true. But notice just how much Hubie-ness shines through in the following passage:
That's how you do it — proving you can communicate with the player of today and show results with the teaching. He did that every place. Basketball IQ, he's right there.
"Next thing he's a fantastic person and excellent communicator, so you know he's going to be able to relate. Now, it's going to come down to what's the talent base? Can the talent base answer the style of play they want to play?"
"Who am I to say they're going to play one way? But he's got a style. He's upbeat. Not only did he have an excellent fast-break game [in Phoenix], they had the secondary breaks. You don't see a lot of that today where in the '70s, '80s and '90s, it was prevalent.
It's impossible NOT to read that in Hubie's voice. Just magnificent. I also heartily agree with him on the importance of developing a secondary fast break. Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are going to excel as trailers. Remember this?
Please listen to Hubie, Mr. Hornacek.
Credit Marc Berman for pointing the microphone at tha gawd and just getting out of the way. Let Hubie work his magic.