Jeff Hornacek threatens Knicks players to embrace triangle or play elsewhere

The Knicks coach says the current players need to have "a different outlook" on playing the triangle offense.

Ever since the All-Star break the Knicks began incorporating the triangle offense more and more, but the players haven't quite fully embraced it yet. Kristaps Porzingis said earlier this month "we don’t know the triangle that well" and Derrick Rose called it "random basketball."

Part of the problem is that the team decided to force the offense on its players so late in the season. The plan for next season is to get players into it early, and dive all the way into it rather than incorporate it with other ideas.

“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 it, looking back, it probably wasn’t the greatest thing to do because you’re not focused on one or the other," coach Jeff Hornacek said Wednesday, via NorthJersey.com. "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.”

In order to go at this 100 percent, the team needs players who are committed to the offense.Hornacek made it pretty clear that if the players now don't want to embrace it, then the front office will find players who are.

"If we think that we can somehow, with a fresh start of training camp and go to it right off the bat if that helps us and Phil [Jackson] and [GM] Steve [Mills]we think maybe the same guys on this team could have a different outlook on it then we’ll stay the same," Hornacek said. "If not they’ll look at other guys."

We'll see if the triangle works for New York next season. We already know it hasn't been working well this year as the Knicks are 4-10 since the All-Star break.

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