With their recent struggle, the New York Knicks decided to use the triangle offense more often since the All-Star break. Derrick Rose, who strongly opposed with Phil Jackson’s preferred offensive strategy, had no choice but to follow what the team thinks can help them revive their playoffs hopes.
“S—, do I have a choice? Do I have a choice?” Rose said to reporters in Philadelphia after the Knicks held a workout there on Thursday. “I just want to win games. Winning takes care of every category for an athlete.”
Earlier this season, coach Jeff Hornacek minimized the usage of triangle offense despite Knicks president Phil Jackson’s instruction. Several players including, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, expressed their opposition to the strategy, resulting for the Knicks to use a fast-paced offense. It somehow showed good result in some of their games but didn’t help them in the long run.
With the Knicks questionable to earn a roster spot, they decided that it’s time for them to make a change. According to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News, coach Jeff Hornacek confirmed that the Knicks will be using the final months of the 2016-17 NBA season to evaluate players who fit in the system. The players will be classified into two different hats: the triangle yays, and the triangle nays.
For a ball-dominant player like Derrick Rose, he definitely needs to make a huge adjustment to make himself fitted with the triangle offense. Rose admitted that he’s still getting used to running the system but believed that a great player like him will always find a way.
“I still don’t have the feeling yet of the entire offense, but I pick and choose while I’m out there,” he said. “You think, ‘Don’t F up the game.’ That’s a great way to put it. Just don’t mess up the game, and looking at a lot of film, you learn. That’s what great players do. I believe that I’m great. Great players find a way no matter what situation they’re put in.”
Derrick Rose still believe Knicks can enter the 2017 NBA playoffs
The Knicks lost seven of their last ten games and they are currently four games away from the No. 8 seed Detroit Pistons. Aside from adapting the triangle offense, the Knicks also urged Derrick Rose to shoot 3s. Though the former MVP agreed with the idea, he said that he’ll start when the team enters the playoffs.
“I’m trying to put pieces of my game together,” Rose said after Thursday’s optional practice, according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “I’m not shooting 3s yet. Hopefully, I’ll start shooting them in the playoffs. It’s going to take a lot of sacrifice and dedication to get there. I’m just adding pieces to my game throughout the season.”
The Knicks hope Rose will be less predictable once he manages to incorporate that shot into his offense once again. With Rose’s statement, it seems like he’s very confident that the Knicks can make it to the playoffs this season.
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