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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said Phil Jackson and Steve Mills spoke to the team at a meeting on the eve of their first practice in West Point. "These guys know what's at stake. They want to get back in the playoffs and they know they're going to have to ... improve throughout the year to get there."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says the Knicks wouldn't hesitate to cut a player on a guaranteed contract to make room on the 15-man roster. The Knicks have 15 guaranteed contracts and would have to cut one player if they wanted to keep a player on a partial-guarantee, such as guard Chasson Randle.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek wants his team to play instinctively this season. "We're not a team that has to call a lot of plays, they're all reads," he says. Phil Jackson would prefer that as well, but the Knicks have had trouble at times playing instinctively in the triangle over the past 2 seasons.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on Kristaps Porzingis . "We are having him run down the middle of the court if he's the first big (across half court). And then if he doesn't get it hes got to figure out where to go. He has the ability and he has the permission to either stay in the post or float out to the 3-point line."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Kristaps Porzingis on the new aspects of Jeff Hornacek's offense: "We're going to have more early pick and rolls, get the ball moving, get some movement and then spreading the floor. We have great shooters." The Knicks, by the way, ranked 26th in offensive efficiency last year.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has already been on the receiving end of some pretty Joakim Noah interior passes. "He reacts quick when he sees something. He's not scared to throw the ball right there. The same situation as with our point guards now, I've just got to be ready to catch it and finish it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has been working on creating a connection with new Knicks guards Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings. "I've got to be ready to catch the ball and finish easy buckets. That's a thing that we didn't have last year." NY ranked 30th in fast-break points and 24th in pace last season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose grew up in Chicago idolizing Phil Jackson: "He's like a legend in Chicago. It's an honor just being around him. He's someone that his resume speaks for itself."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose hasn't had a one on one conversation yet with Phil Jackson, but he looks forward to the opportunity. "I don't want to bug him about it. I don't want to rush to have that conversation. I feel like it's going to happen whenever it does."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose delivered the following line with a laugh when asked if he's talked to his agent, B.J. Armstrong, a former Bull, about the triangle: "Yeah, we talked about it. But me and BJ are two different players. He was a shooter bro....BJ's job was just to give Mike the ball and get out the way."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Scrimmage video: JP Tokoto hits a jumper on one end and Joakim Noah finds a cutting Courtney Lee on the other end. Lee with a strong finish.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis say that the Knicks have incorporated pick and roll into their transition/early offense. That seems like it will be an opportunity for Rose and Brandon Jennings can create off the dribble before settling into the triangle offense.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah finds a trailing Kristaps Porzingis for an open 3-pointer, which Jeff Hornacek notes was taken from '4-5 feet' behind the line.

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Paul Pierce believes anyone -- even established stars like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan -- can learn from Kevin Garnett: "Anybody can pick up something from an all-time great. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. So, whenever you've got somebody that can come in and share some valuable experience, it's a plus. Unless you're already sitting on the sidelines with five championships and 15 All-Star [appearances], and stuff like that, you probably don't want to hear nothing. But, when you have a guy like Kevin who was the greatest at his position, when he talks, you want to listen."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers said he doesn't foresee KG accepting a coaching job this season: "I don't think he wants to coach. He's not that crazy. Who would ever want to do that? ... There's no way that's going to happen. I think he has a teaching future. This [situation] is as organic as it could be. I just told him to come around and figure it out. Do whatever you want. Whatever he does, I'm good with, because I do think he can have a very positive impact on us."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers on Kevin Garnett's presence at Clippers training camp: "KG was phenomenal today. This morning, before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot of money to see. It was great. It was great for Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] and the young guys as well. It's great to have him around. He's a great teacher. We know him as a great player. I knew him as a great teacher. He'll be really good for us."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to playing at a quicker pace, the Knicks may use more pick and roll this season. Derrick Rose confirmed that they've been running pick 'a lot' of pick-and-roll thus far in training camp. It seems like this will emerge mostly early in the offense. The club will use the triangle in half court.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Good sign for team chemistry? Jeff Horancek and the Knicks wrapped up lunch yesterday at 1 pm and "the guys were still sitting there, talking to eachother until 2:30, a quarter to 3. We had to turnaround at 4:30 and have another praictce. So I think these guys really like each other."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Late in close games, Derrick Rose expects the Knicks to use a pick-and-roll to get a shot. "I don't think it's going to be the triangle. I think it's probably going to be 1-3 pick-and-roll or 3-1 pick-and-roll. Either me or Melo will have to create for someone to take the shot."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose said the triangle offense feels ‘foreign' thus far, but he's optimistic about it. "It's like 40 to 50 options on one side of the floor. It's like giving you your space for creativity. It's like if you're doing it the right way, you could do everything you want."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Sasha Vujacic with a nice feed to Kristaps Porzingis, who finishes in transition:

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