That much was clear in June when, in the wake of the Knicks’ fourth straight losing season, the team fired Phil Jackson, whose run as its president was a calamity. With training camp approaching, Coach Jeff Hornacek seems inclined to stomp on the smoldering embers of Jackson’s tenure by ditching the triangle offense in favor of a more up-tempo system.
“I love his fast style of play,” Beasley said.
Beyond that, little seems certain with the Knicks, starting with Carmelo Anthony, who — last we checked — remains on the roster. Scott Perry, the team’s new general manager, has taken a judicious approach to addressing Anthony’s desire to leave New York for Houston.
Jarrett Jack, a veteran point guard who was just given a nonguaranteed deal with the Knicks, said Tuesday that he had not seen Anthony at the team’s practice facility but that staff members had been checking up on him at the private gym in Manhattan where he has been organizing high-profile pickup games.
“From what I understand, he looks really good,” Jack said.
For his part, Anthony has limited his public comments. Last week, he offered this uplifting message on Twitter: “It is in the midst of suffering and hardship that strength of character is formed.” He did not elaborate.
But against all expectations, it now seems quite likely that he will be back with the Knicks when camp opens next week. The soap opera continues.
Beasley said he would be pleased to see Anthony, an old friend of his. Beasley went so far as to describe Anthony, 33, as a mentor.
“If you watch my game — like, really watch my game, my jab series and all that — I’m literally just Carmelo on the left side of the floor,” said Beasley, who, at 6 feet 9 inches, is an inch taller than Anthony.
The Knicks, to some extent, signed Beasley as insurance in the event that Anthony is traded. Beasley, though, emphasized that he viewed Anthony as a teammate, and one with whom he would have no problem coexisting on the court. Beasley was asked about the Anthony trade rumors.
“I don’t think about that at all,” he said. “I don’t watch T.V., and I don’t watch anyone else’s saga but my own. So I’m coming to the Knicks and I’m looking forward to playing with Carmelo. Anything else is the organization and the coaches and him. But I’m actually looking forward to having a great year with ’Melo.”
Beasley, who was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft,…