Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek has created a new strategy that involves C Willy Hernangomez finally seeing more time on the court.
"Bullyball" is the term Hornacek used to describe his philosophy that involves the Knicks using a bigger lineup to go against smaller teams. The Knicks are lucky to have a strong frontcourt with Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn to go along with Hernangomez. However, after playing 18.4 minutes per game last season, Hernangomez has barely seen the floor at only 9.5 minutes per game.
This new scheme, though, has Hernangomez in the game and active in his limited time.
"I like it," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "It would be more of a chance for me to play. I think sometimes we have to use our advantage. We have a lot of big guys -- KO, Enes, KP and me. We could use our height instead of going small against a small team. I think it's a great idea. Hopefully we can do it."
Getting a chance to play is all Hernangomez is worried about, which is why he has said he would accept a trade to another team if they came calling. It turns out he has reportedly received interst from numerous teams -- more than any other player on the Knicks.
"I feel great to know other etams are intersted about me, right?" Hernangomez said. "My situation is like this right now, not playing much. But I'm ready. I like to be with my teammates. I like to be a part of this team. But I don't want to [sound] selfish, but I want to play. I'm ready for everything."
The Knicks understand they will need to make a move by the trade deadline regarding one of their big men. Even though the most interest from teams is for Hernangomez, O'Quinn has generated interest from playoff favorite who view him as an additional asset down the road. He is also reportedly expected to opt-out of his contract with the Knicks after the season.
If O'Quinn is out of the mix, it will allow Hernangomez to see more time on the floor. Team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry have called the former second-round pick a vital piece in building the team they envision.
No matter the case, Hernangomez is ready to get on the court and make an impact at all times.
"I'm always ready," he said. "[Hornacek] doesn't need to say be ready. It's been hard because I haven't played much the past [19 games]. Today was big minutes for me at an important time."
Hernangomez finished the game played just seven minutes, however, some of that time came in the fourth quarter when it was a close game.