Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas played under new Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek while in Phoenix and was part of a high-octane offense that scored 102.4 points per game. Thomas has since gone on to Boston and emerged as one of the top guards in the League, while Hornacek takes control of the Knicks after being fired in Phoenix.
Under Phil Jackson’s watch in New York, Hornacek will likely run the triangle offense at points during the game, despite the fact that, as Hornacek put it, “players don’t like to run it.” Thomas knows that Hornacek likes his team to get up and down and told the New York Daily News that he doesn’t believe the triangle will work without one of the best players of all time on the roster:
“I just think if you don’t have Kobe or Shaq or Michael Jordan, the triangle doesn’t work,” the Celtics All-Star told the Daily News.
Thomas also thinks that Hornacek will figure things out in New York, whether he’s forced to run the triangle or not:
“He’ll figure it out, even if he does do it a little bit. I see they’re trying to run it every now and then,” said Thomas, who torched the Knicks in four games last season while averaging 26.8 points and 7.5 assists. “I mean, it might work. Just hopefully not against us.”