Former Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek opened up about his two-year stint with New York, working with former team president Phil Jackson and how he struggled with the triangle offense for the first time.
Speaking on "The Woj Pod" with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Hornacek said he thought coaching the Knicks "was a great experience" and embraced the Madison Square Garden atmosphere.
However, Hornacek, who went 60-104 in two years before he was fired and replaced with David Fizdale, said his grasp of the triangle offense that Jackson won championships with the Chicago Bulls with didn't carry over.
"What Phil wanted to do is mix his triangle principles with today's game," Hornacek said. "We tried to mix it up, and I probably wasn't as successful as I'd like to be on that. We used aspects of it. He was never saying, 'Hey, you need to go full triangle.' He saw that the game had changed. But he saw there was a lot of parts of the triangle that's still playing basketball."
Hornacek said he thought Carmelo Anthony, whom he coached for one season before the Knicks traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder, understood the triangle offense, but the other players on the team weren't as successful.
"It takes that time," Hornacek said. "Carmelo knew how to run the triangle. He's a smart player. But when it gets down to it, you need five guys that are on the court to really understand all the parts and little details. And that's why I say it takes years for a group to stay together."
The 55-year-old Hornacek, who had previously coached the Phoenix Suns for two and a half seasons before he was fired during the 2015-16 season, said he has interest in returning to coaching one day.