New York Knicks Finding a Use for the Triangle After All

December 7th, 2016 by Yaron Weitzman Leave a reply »

NEW YORK — The triangle lives. Well, sort of.

You're no doubt familiar with New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson's beloved offense and all of the drama that comes along with it. Jackson adores his triangle. The players, not so much.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek, the middleman in all this, has pledged public fealty to the preferred scheme of his boss, but his designs seem to say otherwise. 

These days, the Knicks—winners of four in a row and owners of a respectable 12-9 record—are rarely running the triangle. As Hornacek and many Jackson acolytes are quick to point out, there are triangle aspects (a favorite phrase around Madison Square Garden), such as spacing and off-ball cuts. (Those are present in every offense.)

But, according to opposing scouts, the triangle, in its traditional form, only shows up in five, maybe 10, Knicks possessions every game. A dead ball here, an out-of-bounds set there. Nothing more.

"I think they've done a good job blending," Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau said of the Knicks offense before his team's 118-114 F ...

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