The triangle offense for the New York Knicks has been a hot topic recently. Head coach Jeff Hornacek believes it can help lure free agents.
It has been another difficult season for the New York Knicks as they have failed to reach expectations. With this season all but over, the focus has turned to the offseason.
The Knicks will have a good amount of cap space, but luring free agents to New York has been challenging. In the Phil Jackson era, the Knicks haven’t had much success in free agency, with Joakim Noah being the biggest name to sign.
One of the reasons why the Knicks might have been struggling in free agency is because of the triangle offense. Despite having success using the offense in the past, Jackson’s Knicks haven’t seemed to perform well in it.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek believes that the triangle should help bring free agents to New York rather than scare them away.
"“There might be players that think [the triangle offense is a deterrent], but there are also probably players out there that say ‘Oh man, I’d like to run something like that,'” Hornacek said to Ian Begley of ESPN.com. “There are guys that may not necessarily like to run around and in [screen] staggers and all that stuff. It’s still an offense where guys, if they’re knowledgeable about the game, should like.”"
Recently, Jackson has been helping out in practices with the triangle offense. Hornacek has welcomed having one of the best coaches of all-time helping out, as the Knicks clearly need it.
"“No. We talk about stuff all the time,” Hornacek said of Jackson to Begley. “So when he comes out and demonstrates for the guys, he’s so used to being out on the court it’s probably fun for him to do. And the guys get another look at it from a guy who has run it for years and years, so it’s good.”"
Getting free agents to come to New York has been a real challenge for the Knicks. Even though the triangle offense gets a lot of the attention, there are a lot of other reasons why the Knicks have struggled to get free agents.