New York Knicks Rumors: Players are reportedly not happy with the organization’s plans to further implement the triangle offense.
Recent New York Knicks rumors have revolved around Carmelo Anthony‘s status with the team. Where he will be playing in the 2017-18 season will be a big topic of discussion during the offseason. It will not be the only one involving the Knicks, who look to be even more dysfunctional than anyone could have guessed.
A big part of the dysfunction is the disconnect between Phil Jackson and the team. Jackson and his people, such as Kurt Rambis, shove the triangle offense down everyone else’s throats. It seems that people are tired of it.
The first salvo was fired by franchise cornerstone Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis decided to skip his exit meeting, which was reported by ESPN New York’s Ian Begley. Porzingis noted the unprofessionalism and chaos surrounding the organization as to why.
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Porzingis is planning a long break in Latvia. There is a chance that he does not return to New York until closer to training camp according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Porzingis is taking a stand against the organization and should be lauded for it. He is not the only player that is unhappy with how things are going.
Wojnarowski reports that players are fuming about the plans Jackson has for the summer. The players want no part of the summer slate of triangle offense regimens the organization has planned at the team facilities. Wojnarowski went as far as to say that the players are openly rebelling against the triangle offense.
The offense itself is not the only reason players are upset. The overall dysfunction and discord that the implementation of the offense has caused have put an unnecessary burden on everyone.
Wojnarowski reports that Jackson’s constant emailing about the triangle and its intricacies isn’t what put players over the edge; it is his insistence that the offense is fully implemented in time for the 2017-18 season to be their regularly run offense.
The Knicks offense isn’t even what did them in during the 2016-17 season. While it obviously needs work, as they players seemed unsure of what they were supposed to be doing, it is the defense that was the big problem.
But, as long as Jackson is running the show, the triangle offense will be what is discussed over and over again. Anthony may consider himself lucky that he can leave; his teammates may not have the same luxury.