Report: Carmelo Anthony Aims to Be a Facilitator in Triangle Offense

by August 14, 2014

New York Knicks superstar forward Carmelo Anthony underwent a dramatic weight loss in the offseason, and it wasn’t just to fit better in his designer clothes. According to the NY Post, the new-look Melo wants to become more of a facilitator in the Phil Jackson-inspired and Derek Fisher-led triangle offense:

Carmelo Anthony took a $5 million pay cut on his new contract, but it appears he took a bigger cut in weight. According to an Anthony confidant, Anthony has done so in order to resemble his physique as a rookie with the Nuggets and to be more viable in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.


“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the confidant said. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’


Anthony was listed at 230 pounds as a Denver rookie in 2003 and appears to be close to that goal. Last season, the 6-foot-8 Anthony was listed in the Knicks preseason media guide at 240, but likely played at least 5-to-10 pounds heavier as the season wore on. […] Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris, a Long Island product, worked out three times with Anthony in June at the Terminal 23 gym Anthony owns in midtown. Harris noticed a major difference in his appearance. “He looked real good,’’ Harris said recently.