Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Willy Hernangomez said Jeff Hornacek talked to him at shootaround about improving on the defensive end, which seems to be the reason that Hornacek kept the second-year big man out of the rotation. Hernangomez acknowledged that he needs to improve on defense and said he wasn't concerned about being out of the rotation in the Knicks' opener. "I have to wait for my moment, my chance to be on the court…. When the team needs me, I'll be there. So I just have to keep working and waiting for my moment. Just like last year: first couple of moments I didn't play a lot, but I think this year is way different. So I have to keep working." Hornacek said Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn earned spots in the rotation in preseason but nothing is set in stone at the moment.