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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  12 responses

Sacramento Kings to Run the Triangle Offense


The Sacramento Kings will begin trying out the offense that was used by the Los Angeles Lakers against them in so many painful Playoff battles. Kings head coach Keith Smart explains his thinking to the Sac Bee: “I was looking at a video from 1943,’ Smart said. ‘The Harlem Globetrotters were playing over in Europe, and I got a chance to see – when you get beyond all the theatrics the Globetrotters did – they were technically in a situation where they were in a low-post triangle action.’ Smart won’t schedule the Washington Generals or ask any of his players to dump confetti on an official, but that triangle action will be a part of what he adds to the Kings this season. Smart introduced the triangle offense during training camp last week in Colorado Springs and will run it tonight at home during the team’s first preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. The triangle – or triple post – is best known in the NBA as the offense used by Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson to win 11 NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Smart is looking for a system to space the floor and cut down on the excessive dribbling that bogged down the Kings last season. ‘I’ve been trying to give these guys some freedom to still get the ball and do your thing whenever you need to do it, but you’ll have space,’ Smart said. ‘So we’ll see how it goes.’ Besides the triple post, the triangle relies on players cutting away from the ball, reading the defense and good passing. It’s a contrast from how the Kings have played offense in recent seasons, often with four players staring at whoever had the ball.”

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  • danpowers

    isnt that the same thing as if somebody would try to teach evolution to a mormon camp?

  • Rajon_978

    I seriously had no idea that the Kings were still in the NBA. I thought they were ABA now.

  • omphalos

    This is the perfect system for these guys because it compensates for their complete lack of a real point guard, and allows Cousins/Evans to flourish. However, I don’t think Smart is the guy to run it, I wish Brian Shaw had been given a chance with the Kings, he’s probably the best suited to run it outside of Jackson or Tex Winter.

  • rainman

    Man you cant just get a bunch of knuckleheads to play the triangle. Ask minnesota.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    So the inspiration came from the Harlem Globetrotters and not the Lakers?

  • Lin-dication

    Agreed. Running the Triangle is the worst decision for a young team like the Kings. For
    the Triangle to work, you gotta have the right personnel, heady veterans like Ron Harper (of course, having the GOAT,
    Pippen, Shaq and Kobe helps the Triangle work too). The Kings should be
    a run and gun team with all the athletes they have on their roster. Thank God Adelman scrapped the Triangle and let Rubio do his thing in Minnesota.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanDeahn RyanDeahn

    They need to learn how to play basketball first before they can run the triangle.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Ain’t that cute.

  • Datkid

    no question. the lakers are idiots for not hiring shaw

  • roscoe

    Although ppl like to refer to the triangle as a no play offense or a read & react I think this type of structure in the Xs & Os will help to settle any on the court strife between dcuz and his teamates. when there aren’t any plays to be run and you have to react to everything which should help SAC from pointing fingers. As someone pointed out the lack of a true pg makes even more sense to do it. Does this mean Jimmer is gone sooner than later?

  • roscoe

    dcuz is a talented back to the basket center who SAC should run everything through and you want SAC to be a run & gun. come on?

  • Max

    Ugh.

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