Apr 7, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Fisher: Carmelo Anthony will thrive in triangle offense

The New York Knicks have several huge questions to answer this offseason.

Earlier this week, they took care one of their major problems, hiring Derek Fisher as their next head coach. Fisher plans to run the same offense – the famed triangle offense – he learned under team president Phil Jackson while playing for him with the Los Angeles Lakers.

They also have to re-sign forward Carmelo Anthony, provided he opts out of the final year of his deal as most expect.

Should the Knicks retain Anthony, Fisher believes he can thrive in the triangle.

“In my humble opinion, yes,” Fisher said on ESPN 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show” when asked if Anthony can succeed in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense via Ian Begley of ESPN New York. “I believe Carmelo can and will thrive in the triangle system. He’s actually the prototypical triangle player because of his versatility, we can use him in all five positions on the floor. That’s the beauty of the system — being able to put players around on different spots on the floor.

“I believe [Anthony] can be great and that’s why I believe we can be great right away. Because we have that guy that we can anchor that system around to make the game easier for him but also allow for all of our team to be impactful and to give us something every single night.”

Fisher went on to say that he believes Anthony can lead the Knicks to a title.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line.

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