Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterUpon Phil Jackson’s arrival to the Big Apple, it was easy to predict just how heavily influenced the Knicks’ identity was going to be by the triangle offense moving forward.
Early on, Jackson was seen stepping in with potential Knickerbocker draftees, teaching the basic nuances of the triangle. With the hires of Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis as head coach and associate head coach, respectively, such a trend (of preaching the triangle) is sure to continue.
Clearly, the the team isn’t wasting any time. According to the tweet above (by Knicks’ Summer League team member Brandon Triche), the Knicks are just three practices in and are already preaching the triangle offense with the young guns in Las Vegas.
On one hand, the Summer League team should say plenty about Jackson, especially at this early point in his tenure as an executive. This is the earliest (and most extensive, to this point) indication of the players he likes, or at the very least, is intrigued by.
But, of course, understanding the triangle still appears to be a pre-requisite for success in New York’s new system. Last summer, the Knicks struck gold and scooped up Jeremy Tyler and Toure Murry following impressive performances in Vegas. It just proves how valuable such a scouting opportunity really is for NBA teams.
This offseason, Jackson is looking to mold the team to his liking, and has so far proven he’s not afraid to make big moves and potentially drastic changes. With that in mind, there are plenty of spots to fill.
This month will prove to be an opportunity to audition a handful of potential strong fits. Success in grasping the triangle could translate into opening night roster spots for some of the more promising youngsters.