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Kristaps Porzingis on Knicks’ Triangle Offense: ‘It can only work if everybody believes in it’

New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis
New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr.com)

Since the All-Star break, the New York Knicks took a huge step and decided to use Phil Jackson’s preferred offensive strategy, the triangle offense. Kristaps Porzingis openly embraced the system and believed that it can greatly help the team if everybody will believe that it will work.

“I like the triangle,” Porzingis said. “My first season, the whole first season we played nothing but the triangle so I know it pretty well. I like the offense. It can only work if everybody believes in it and everybody executes it the right way.”

Before the start of the season, Knicks president Phil Jackson urged his team to use the triangle offense. Jackson strongly believed that the system could bring the Knicks to title contention like how it worked with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. Jackson tried to hire Kurt Rambis as head coach. But due to several oppositions from the front office, they ended up hiring Jeff Hornacek.

With the arrival of ball-dominant playmakers Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, the Knicks decided to use a fast-paced offense instead of Jackson’s preferred system. The strategy worked out well earlier this season but didn’t help them in the long run. This made them decide to make a huge change in order to keep their playoffs hope alive.

Kristaps Porzingis believes Knicks should use triangle offense earlier

According to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News, coach Jeff Hornacek revealed that the Knicks plan to use the final months of the season to evaluate the players who will fit in the system. At the end of the season, the players will be classified in two different hats: the triangle yays, and the triangle nays. Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose will surely have a hard time adapting to the system since they’re more comfortable with the ball on their hands.

The two veterans already opposed the system but as of now, all they can do is to make themselves fit in. Unlike Rose and Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis believed the Knicks should have used the triangle offense earlier this season.

“We’re starting to learn it now the way we should [and] we should have been playing from the beginning of the season,” Porzingis said “So we’re a little behind. But every game we’re getting a little better. Hopefully, I don’t know when, we can start using it properly and making some impact playing it.”

Porzingis’ opinion matters for the Knicks since they already see him as their new franchise player. If Anthony and Rose fail to perform well, they may end up playing for another team next season.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr.com

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