New York Knicks Boss Phil Jackson Schedules Meeting To Review ‘Triangle Offense’
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is open to hiring a coach outside of his coaching tree, but that does not mean the Hall of Famer will not require his team to run the triangle offense next season.
The New York Daily News first reported that Jackson will conduct a mini-camp this week, which is viewed as a “triangle offense” seminar. Sources indicated that Jackson will hold a film viewing and teach the intricate offensive system to some of the players alongside interim head coach Kurt Rambis.
It is still unclear at this point whether or not Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony will be present in the mini-camp. It is worth noting that Anthony has made it no secret that he wants Jackson to consider coaches who are not too familiar with the triangle offense.
Promising rookies Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant are expected to attend the meeting along with Langston Galloway, Jose Calderon and Tony Wroten, who signed a three-year deal with the Knicks late in the 2015-16 NBA regular season.
Rambis’ presence in the meeting also stirred speculations, indicating that Jackson is determined to name his former deputy as the full-time head coach next season. The 11-time NBA champion coach praised Rambis for his effort to run the triangle, when he was tasked to take over after the Knicks parted with Derek Fisher.
“When Kurt started coaching the team they started executing it with more structure,” Jackson said. “We saw some progress. But we have to make the next step. We have a limited amount of resources that we can deal with. If you’re in an arms races and you go out and get a hydrogen bomb and it may not be enough and you got to go plutonium.”
Reports on Sunday indicated that Jackson also tried to talk to Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton about his interest in the Knicks coaching vacancy. However, ESPN reported that Jackson has already told the Knicks organization that Walton is not planning to leave the Warriors anytime soon.
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