Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn on shouting match with coach Jeff Hornacek: ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek’s confrontation with Joakim Noah led to the center being sent away from the team.
During Friday’s loss to the Timberwolves, Hornacek got into it with another New York center – Kyle O’Quinn, who didn’t properly contest a Karl-Anthony Towns shot. After O’Quinn missed a couple shots and got roasted by Jamal Crawford, Hornacek and his player yelled at each other during a stoppage.
O’Quinn, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:
Hornacek, via Berman:
Tempers sometimes flare like this, including on functional teams. People are just usually disciplined enough to avoid doing it in front of cameras. Wait until everyone is in a closed locker room or practice.
That Hornacek and O’Quinn didn’t speaks to how upset they were.
This could affect Hornacek’s reputation in particular. When the Suns fired him, they said players stopped responding to him. This is more circumstantial evidence his message wears thin on players over time.
Not that the Knicks will need that excuse. Hornacek’s dismal record – even though more a product of an underwhelming roster – will probably give president Steve Mills cover to fire the coach he inherited.