Carmelo Anthony pronounced this past weekend he feels “born again.’’
So do a Knicks.
While Anthony opens in Tulsa, Okla., for his new Thunder group Tuesday opposite a Rockets, a Melo-free, post-Phil Jackson Knicks are behind on Broadway.
Brandishing a slew of new faces and a register bereft of All-Stars, a Knicks will horde a Nets in a preseason opener during a Garden.
That’s a approach new boss Steve Mills and new ubiquitous manager Scott Perry wish it for now — a defense-first, high-tempo, pass-happy bar built around a immature corps with 3 starting slots adult for grabs.
“We wish to do it a right way,’’ Perry pronounced during Sunday’s open Garden practice.
Perry pronounced he’s building a defense-first enlightenment true out of Detroit, his former workplace during a Pistons’ run to dual true NBA Finals in 2004 and 2005. None of a traits a new regime stresses seem to be in Anthony’s wheelhouse.
“This only happened to make a many clarity as distant as relocating forward,’’ Perry pronounced of a trade.
Part of a new confidence has dimmed a hold with French rookie indicate ensure Frank Ntilikina hurting his groin during Monday’s practice and is no pledge to make his Knicks entrance Tuesday. Regardless, 4 of a 5 starters Tuesday could be new blood — Kristaps Porzingis during energy brazen a sole clear returnee.
If Ntilikina is out, free-agent maestro Ramon Sessions might get a start during indicate guard. Tim Hardaway Jr., sealed for $71 million as a large free-agent splash, is approaching to start during sharpened guard.
Hornacek pronounced it was “possible to probable’’ a dual 25-year-olds netted in a Anthony trade, tiny brazen Doug McDermott and core Enes Kanter, will get a start Tuesday.
The Knicks manager pronounced he will try 3 opposite starting lineups in a initial 3 games and strech a end with dual contests remaining. Last year, Hornacek never got his starting 5 in a preseason diversion since of Derrick Rose’s polite passionate attack hearing and Joakim Noah’s injuries.
“It would be nice,’’ Hornacek said. “That’s since these initial 3 muster games will be flattering critical to see if we can come adult with groups that work and afterwards try to do that a final dual games and now you’re into a season.”
Of course, a Knicks wish to be right on Oct. 19 since a unchanging deteriorate starts on TNT in Oklahoma City opposite we know who and a Thunder.
Anthony might see a character that is unrecognizable from his former club.
“We wish to pierce a ball,’’ Hornacek said. “We’ve had plays out there that we wish we could bottle adult and have these guys do it each time. We’ve had some fantastic, six, 7 additional passes and a man nails a shot. We’ll continue to harp on that. We’ll continue to inspire a guys each time that happens, make or miss, and that’s that foul thing.”
Anthony’s round transformation was mostly an issue, though his messy group invulnerability was a bigger one. The irony is a players a Knicks combined — Sessions, Hardaway Jr., McDermott, Jarrett Jack, and Michael Beasley — aren’t accurately All-Defensive Team candidates.
“Defense starts with carrying that attitude,’’ Hornacek said. “It goes to being tough, being essentially sound. Guys have to investigate a diversion devise and concentration on it.”
Indeed, Hornacek is compelling most some-more minute defensive diversion plans. Last year during training camp, a Knicks spent so most of their time consistent a triangle with Hornacek’s ideas, they didn’t go into their preseason opener in Houston with a defensive diversion plan, players purported after a 130-103 demolition.
Hornacek indicated players commanded schemes final preseason, though has scrapped that philosophy.
“We were giving a maestro guys kind of their opportunities to say, ‘Yeah, let’s ensure it this approach or that way,’” Hornacek said. “We’re not doing that this year. When we go to shootaround, that devise will be in place.
“It’s maybe a mistake in a review we had final year. we played on teams that had good maestro players. We worked it out. That’s maybe what we suspicion we’d be means to do final year with a guys. But we found out that didn’t work a best for us. This year we worked all summer to try to figure these things out.’’
The post-Melo tongue has sounded good, though now it’s showtime.