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All he has to do is sign on the dotted line.
Of course, it'd be hard to blame Carmelo Anthony for leaving a Knicks team that just handed him his first career playoff-less season, especially with more promising options like the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets lining up offers. But Anthony surely knows by now that the triangle was tailor-made for scorers of his approach.
Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. Carmelo Anthony?
The system, in part, brought championship greatness to both ball-dominant wing scorers. Before Jackson introduced the triangle to Jordan, in particular, he'd spent the first five years of his career searching for the right combination—averaging 32.6 points per game for his career, but without a championship ring.
Red Kerr, former NBA coach and Bulls broadcaster during Phil Jackson's coaching tenure with the Bulls, spoke in 1992 about the triangle's effect on MJ's young career. According to an article found in an April 1992 edition of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
"When Michael came into the league, every coach Chicago hired tired to get him the ball and get out of the way," Kerr said. "The last couple of years, the team has gone to the triangle that spreads the offense and makes Michael a better player."
The system is designed to avoid double-teaming and to open up passing and cutting lanes. It has taken the pressure off Jordan and given other Bulls more shots.
"They were all longing for the right system," Kerr said.
And they found it when they found the right coach.
If that doesn't hit close to home with Anthony, who has escaped the second round of the playoffs just once in 10 years despite illustrious individual accomplishments, then nothing will.
In the triangle, Anthony would be able to get his traditional isolations as a fallback option, with the difference lying in his teammates. Instead of acting as lifeless spectators, there's actual motion to curtail the defense's effort and focus while 'Melo goes to work.
It also gives Anthony the ability to hit various open teammates, an area of his game that has gone supremely underrated during his Knicks tenure.
The triangle can do for Anthony what Mike D'Antoni never got the chance to, and what Mike Woodson never could: implant 'Melo's individual talent as a segment of a multi-faceted attack.
If Anthony bolts New York this summer, few would question his motives, at 30 years old with no meaningful hardware in the trophy case. But watching 'Melo operate out of the triangle would be captivating, to say the least.