Jeff Hornacek Says Knicks Will Exclusively Run Triangle Offense Next Season

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2017

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The problem with the New York Knicks this season has apparently been not enough triangle offense.

When asked Wednesday whether the squad as currently constructed could make the playoffs, head coach Jeff Hornacek explained that it depended on the system.

"Obviously, if we go into it like we did this year—no," Hornacek said, per ESPN.com. "If we turn around and have a different way we start, go right at however we're going to run it next year, if it's full triangle, it's possible. You never know how these things will fit. Maybe a second year is helpful for us."

Instead of going "full triangle" this season, the Knicks tried to blend it with more of an uptempo system.

Team president Phil Jackson is the force behind the triangle offense, which helped him win 11 NBA titles as a head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. However, it hasn't led to the same level of success with the Knicks.

The squad went just 49-115 in the first two years with Jackson at the helm and enter Wednesday with a 27-43 record, good for 12th in the Eastern Conference.

As Hornacek noted, one of the biggest problems was the lack of consistency:

We were trying to find a balance. We were trying to open the game up so the current players could run some of that stuff and still have the triangle set where we can get into some stuff.

As it turns out, looking back, it probably wasn't the greatest thing to do because you're not focused on one or the other. You're not getting enough of the same repetition of the same play and they can make reads off it. It's something we have to make a decision on and just go with it.

While the offense has plenty of question marks, fixing a defense that ranks 25th in the league in points per game should also be a priority going into 2017-18.

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