Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the New York Knicks earlier this offseason. The money given to him was obviously a no-brainer but another reason why he wanted to stay? He wanted to learn the Triangle offense.
Via ESPN New York:
The Knicks and new head coach Derek Fisher are expected to install the triangle offense this season.
Anthony says that he “can’t wait” to learn the offense that helped Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant win championships under Phil Jackson-coached teams.
“Without a doubt, without a doubt. When people say spots, I’m going to be all over the floor in the triangle,” Anthony said. “It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I’m looking forward to it, I’ve been saying it all summer. I can’t wait.”
Carmelo Anthony had been criticized for being one-dimensional but the truth of the matter is that he actually had a very good season last year; it was just that his mistakes were that much more magnified because the team did poorly. He averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists last season as the Knicks stumbled out of the playoffs with a 37-45 record. If he does learn the Triangle offense (which requires making the right pass and cut as dictated by the defense), expect him to be even more of a multifaceted player.
The defense, of course, is another story.
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