This past week, a reported 10 Knicks players were at the team’s practice facility getting some Triangle 101 (and maybe 201) from the man who popularized the offense in Phil Jackson, and the man he now wants to guide that offense as coach in Kurt Rambis.
Carmelo Anthony was not among the group.
Read into that what you want. Marc Berman of the New York Post has the details.
According to a basketball source, Anthony was not one of the 10 Knicks who were part of Phil Jackson’s triangle workshop held Tuesday and Wednesday in Tarrytown.
That’s not deemed a huge snub, considering the film and oncourt demonstration sessions were a season review of the same concepts that have already been taught and nothing new, according to a basketball source….
Attendees were rookies Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant, second-year men Cleanthony Early and Langston Galloway and rehabbing newcomer point guard Tony Wroten, who didn’t play in a game or participate in a practice. But also joining were veterans Sasha Vujacic, Jose Calderon, free-agent-to-be Kevin Seraphin, Robin Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn.
Anthony was reportedly getting rehab on his injured knee.
This news tidbit feels like a Rorschach test — what you see in this story says more about how you feel about the triangle offense and Anthony than it does about the actual events. In general, the reaction to Anthony not attending this bit of summer school should be a shrug.
However, if you are down on Anthony, you can say he’s not a team player and doesn’t care about winning. If you’re down on the triangle, you can say you support Anthony’s protest move (what seems clear is Anthony doesn’t like the offense). Whatever. It doesn’t impact what the Knicks are going to do this summer. Whatever that is.