The New York Knicks (2-4) have stumbled out of the gates, and team president Phil Jackson is reportedly growing upset with the spare use of beloved Triangle Offense.
Melo: "We're making adjustments offensively regardless of what we're running. At this point I'm getting tired of hearing about the triangle"
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 6, 2016
The Zen Master and new head coach Jeff Hornacek aren’t exactly on the same page, it seems.
Making matters worse, the Knicks are also a poor defensive team.
Jeff Hornacek confirms @ESPNSteinLine's report that Kurt Rambis will coach the defense. He wanted to have one voice coaching the defense.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 8, 2016
Hornacek has said that he’s implementing “principles of the triangle” offense into the Knicks’ half-court offense. But he also wants his club to try to generate offense early in the shot clock in transition, where pick-and-roll would be employed.
Players say that they’ve run the triangle offense primarily after dead balls so far this season, which is much less frequently than it was run during Jackson’s first two full seasons as team president.
The Knicks rank 13th in offensive efficiency thus far. A bigger issue for the club is on defense; it entered play Monday ranked last in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions, which is likely bothering Jackson just as much as the offense.