New York Knicks Find Triangle Magic In Orlando

The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson’s triangle offense may have finally started turning the corner heading into the home stretch of the regular season.

It’s no secret that Phil Jackson accepting the role as team president included a heavy dose of the New York Knicks playbook would be infused with the triangle offense.

The team, however, under head coach Jeff Hornacek has been inconsistent in executing it throughout the season due to new players such as point guard Derrick Rose doesn’t feel comfortable with the structure.

After the All-Star break the team has made an effort to push the triangle philosophy more in practice and effectively in games. Kristaps Porzingis has become a huge fan of the offense, as he explained to reporters before the team’s matchup with the Orlando Magic.

“I like the triangle, My first season, the whole first season we played nothing but the triangle so I know it pretty well. I like the offense. It can only work if everybody believes in it and everybody executes it the right way.

“We’re starting to learn it now the way we should [and] we should have been playing from the beginning of the season, So we’re a little behind. But every game we’re getting a little better. Hopefully, I don’t know when, we can start using it properly and making some impact playing it.”

The Knicks had an effective game on both ends of the floor, dominating the young Magic team 101-90, making key plays throughout the contest.

Porzingis returned to the Knicks lineup, starting at center for the injured Willy Hernangomez, and poured in a team-high 20 points while grabbing nine rebounds. He spoke with the media after the game focusing on the team’s high energy.

“We played hard and played for each other.”

The other key player in the Knicks victory was Rose, who contributed 19 points and seemed comfortable running the triangle.

He shared some thoughts with the media on the team’s current playoff hopes even digging back old memories of playing down to the wire as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

“I was on a Bulls team that didn’t make the playoffs until game 82, There’s still a lot of time left.”

As the Knicks celebrate a much-needed win in Orlando the alumni of the franchise faces another controversy.

Former Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, an Orlando native, is currently playing overseas for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League was filmed answering questions regarding if he had a gay teammate.

In the interview conducted by Israeli website Walla Sport Stoudemire gave his take on the possibility.

“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner, And I’m going to drive — take a different route to the gym.”

The video has made quite the stir around the NBA community and there will probably be more backlash in the coming days.

It just wouldn’t be a normal day in “Knicks World” without a little something other than the game to talk about.

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