Isaiah Thomas criticizes the triangle offense

You can count Isaiah Thomas as yet another player who is against the triangle offense.

The 2016 All-Star said as much during a recent interview with the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy:

"I just think if you don't have Kobe or Shaq or Michael Jordan, the triangle doesn't work," the Celtics All-Star told the Daily News.


Thomas, 27, believes his former Suns coach will find his way in New York, with or without the triangle.

"He'll figure it out, even if he does do it a little bit. I see they're trying to run it every now and then," said Thomas, who torched the Knicks in four games last season while averaging 26.8 points and 7.5 assists. "I mean, it might work. Just hopefully not against us."

The Boston Celtics point guard played under current New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek while the duo were with the Phoenix Suns. Hornacek employed a fast-paced offense heavily dictated by pushing the tempo in Phoenix, something that the Knicks will also use this season. However, after dead balls, the Knicks are expected to run the triangle offense.

Several Knicks players have openly been not too fond of the triangle offense, including Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. Anthony has previously said he doesn't even want to hear the word "triangle," while Rose has said that the offensive system is complicated.

Recent coaches of the Knicks such as Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis instituted the offensive system to disastrous results in recent years. Historically speaking, the triangle offense has won numerous championships for Phil Jackson. But maybe Thomas is on to something here—maybe you do need some all-time greats to make the system actually work.

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