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Carmelo Anthony says he’s looking forward to playing faster under Jeff Hornacek

TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 - Day 3

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Co-founder of Melo7 Tech Partners Carmelo Anthony speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

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The Knicks were 24th in the NBA in pace last season, playing even a little slower after the All-Star break when Kurt Rambis was focusing on running more triangle than Derek Fisher did.

Now Jeff Hornacek will bring some pace and space to the Knicks’ offense.

Carmelo Anthony, for one, welcomes the new offense, as he told WNBC-TV in New York (hat tip ESPN):

“I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix,” Anthony said in an interview Saturday with WNBC-TV. “Everybody knows he likes to play an up-tempo pace of game, likes to get out in transition, likes to speed the game up a lot. So from that standpoint, I’ll definitely be looking forward to that.”

Hornacek has been freed from the confines of the triangle offense, and history suggests he will want his team to run more.

Is the Knicks roster built for pace right now is another question. The Knicks have Anthony, Robin Lopez, Kristaps Porzingis, Jose Calderon, and Kyle O’Quinn — not exactly a group that will be confused with the Warriors lineup in terms of shooting and athleticism. Not that some of those players can’t find a role in a up-tempo offense, but the Knicks need to get a lot younger and more athletic to play that style. And they need a dramatic upgrade at point guard.

Jackson made the right move stepping away from Rambis and the triangle (whether he did it willingly or not), but he’s still got a lot of work to do.