Phil Jackson comes to the New York Knicks bearing the triangle offense–a system he used to win championships with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angles Lakers. He hired Derek Fisher to run that offense, which cantake some time to learn as a team.
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Despite being involved in almost every Knicks-related trade rumor, Iman Shumpert is doing his best to prepare for being a cog in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, according to basketballinsiders.com’s Alex Kennedy.
"I know a lot of the players have been trying their best to learn the system. For example, Iman Shumpert spent the past few months reading all of Jackson’s books and trying to learn and read up on the triangle. I think the fact that Jackson has had so much success will get players’ attention and make them want to buy in."
Carmelo Anthony is a good fit for the triangle, but the Knicks lack much of a low-post threat. Andrea Bargnani and Samuel Dalembert don’t scream lost-post presence. Instead, we could see Anthony positioning in the post with Shumpert involved on the wing.
Shumpert should see significant playing time since he is the only true perimeter defender and does well distributing the ball. The latter is key in Jackson’s and sure-to-be-Fisher’s system. To fit in the triangle and stay with the Knicks during a transition period, players either need to buy in or plan to move on. It seems as if Shumpert is ready to stay.
Shumpert, 24, averaged 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26.5 minutes per game last season.
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