One massive change for the Knicks that has been overshadowed quite a bit this summer is the hiring of Jeff Hornacek.
The 2013-14 runner-up for the NBA's Coach of the Year award is a tremendous upgrade from Derek Fisher, and even Kurt Rambis.
The team has also reshaped their roster.
However, plenty of people, both in the media and the Knicks' fan base, believe the team did not do enough to significantly improve and/or make the playoffs this coming season.
The concern and criticism often starts with Carmelo Anthony. Much like in years past, it's unlikely that the same Melo that just helped Team USA win a gold medal will step foot on the NBA hardwood this fall.
What's more, there are questions surrounding the health of Derrick Rose, as well as the health of Joakim Noah and the thought process behind the lucrative contract he received.
First things first, it's important to remember that the dollar amount and respective duration of Noah's contract will have no bearing on how the Knicks perform this coming season. Whether he lives up to that value over a longer period of time will be debatable, but shouldn't be taken into consideration for performance in year one.
It's hard to argue that after all the moves the Knicks made this offseason they don't look considerably better on paper. That's step one. Surely, staying on the court may be a concern for a couple of key pieces, but there are other components in play here.
Hornacek isn't likely to get lost and/or confused late in contests during the crunch time and/or high pressured moments. Though Fisher himself lived through those moments as a player (much like Hornacek did), he didn't have the experience guiding others through the same ordeal.
Not only has Hornacek done it well in the past, he's learned and looked on from the sidelines as some of the greats did it as well. Fisher didn't even have the luxury of being an assistant beforehand, and clearly, the confusion and frustration he wore on his face night after night proved his distress.
Hornacek had mentors to learn from both as a player and a coach. What's more, his time in Phoenix not only allowed him to gain experience in experimenting with different lineups, but managing different personalities and egos.
His words resonate with younger and older athletes alike. He knows how to get the most out of underrated talent, and isn't afraid to take risks. A good coach knows how to make adjustments, despite crushing injuries. He proved all of this and more with the Suns.
Talking about improvements, a seasoned head coach is a huge asset for any team. The Knicks' roster is much improved, but even already existing pieces like Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis should benefit and be better from Hornacek's guidance.
Is Hornacek the second coming of Phil Jackson? Not likely. But his qualifications supersede that of Derek Fisher's in almost every sense of coaching. That in itself should be recognized when talking about New York's potential.
We likely haven't even seen the best of Hornacek as a coach yet, and the Knicks have given him quite a roster to lead.