The Knicks lost again on Sunday, falling to 2-4 after a promising win last Thursday against Chicago. Kristaps Porzingis scored 28, and Carmelo Anthony did what he does, scoring 28 on 12-of-20 shooting, but in a 114-109 home defeat at the hands of the Jazz.
It looks like another year where the Knicks aren't truly competitive in the East, and Carmelo Anthony's frustration is evident. Here was his response when asked about the Triangle after the game.
Carmelo is sick of hearing about the triangle pic.twitter.com/e5v9O4Q37c— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) November 6, 2016
Melo has a long-standing reluctance when it comes to the Triangle. He's on record several times not really being comfortable with it, but mostly, he's just annoyed with talking about it. It's a talking point for media, understandably, given the way that Phil Jackson touts it as the secret to life, like it's "42" in "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy."
Anthony, though, is sick of that being what he's asked about, especially when the Knicks are running a lot of non-Triangle stuff this year.
However, it's also notable that no player stands up for the Triangle. There's just not a player in the league right now who speaks highly of the system, nor one who has excelled in it when they haven't been playing with Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal or Kobe Bryant. Sure, it takes great players to make the system work, but Melo is supposed to be a great player. So either Melo isn't a great player or the system isn't what it's billed as.
Of course, an easy way for Melo not to have to talk about or play in the Triangle would have been to sign elsewhere two years ago in free agency. He chose to come back to a team that was led by the most well-known Triangle architect. This comes with the territory.
Either way, Melo's patience is running thin, either with the system ... or the questions.