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Jeff Hornacek's interview with the Rockets for their then vacant head coaching position went well, but did not go far. The Rockets soon zeroed in Mike D'Antoni if they were to hire a veteran coach. Hornacek quickly became the Knicks coach while the Rockets worked their way through the process.
The reasons he was interested, however, have played out as he expected. Houston Chronicle
A decade later, Artest is asked a simple question: How did he turn his life and career around after leaving Indiana? His answer was one word: Walsh. Artest said it was Walsh who helped him by setting up sessions with a psychologist. “He’s like an uncle for me,” Artest said of Walsh. “He took care of me at a time when I needed it. He helped me with my psychologist and he helped me when I was having a lot my sessions. He was hands on because he knew I needed that help. It was bigger than basketball with Donnie. That’s what I remembered most.” Indianapolis Star
Jeff Hornacek brought up the Knicks’ conditioning for the second straight day, and said he’d like to see them get in better shape. Hornacek said he wasn’t concerned about the Knicks being fatigued when they completed a back-to-back Wednesday night. NY Newsday
Derrick Rose hopes he receives all cheers when he plays his first game in Chicago Friday, but he knows he won’t. “That would be a dream,” Rose said. “I know I’m going to get some boos here and there, but it’s all a part of the game, all a part of the sport. It’s not going to affect the way that I play and how bad I want to win that game.” NY Newsday
The Knicks have had four coaches – Mike Woodson, Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis and Jeff Hornacek – since Mike D'Antoni's three-season run ended in 2012. But D'Antoni said what was typical of the pressure that comes with coaching in New York is now typical everywhere. Houston Chronicle
A former Knicks draft pick found dead last year in his Lexus SUV in Brooklyn was drugged and murdered by his roommate and an accomplice, New Jersey prosecutors said Wednesday. Michael Wright, 35, a University of Arizona basketball star, was found dead from a head wound, sprawled out in the back of his SUV on E. 16th St. in Midwood Nov. 10, his body covered in black garbage bags. NY Daily News
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