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Scout says Carmelo Anthony can be good triangle fit — if he moves the ball

Aug 25, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

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The triangle offense is coming to New York and we should make one thing clear to Knicks fans — it takes at least a season for players to really learn the system, to learn the proper reads and reactions, to see the benefits of the offense. For example, when Phil Jackson first took over the Shaq/Kobe Lakers the offense actually had the exact same points per possessions as the season before (they won the title because the defense improved to league’s best). It’s going to take time.

The question is does Carmelo Anthony fit in the triangle?

ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley asked a long-time Atlantic Division scout about that and he said ‘Melo should be a good fit — with some caveats.

“I think he’s skilled enough and I think he’s smart enough. I think he’ll fit very well….

“He’s got to bring the whole package [to make the triangle work]. He’s gotta be a team player, he’s got to cut harder and he’s got to move the ball. He’s going to have to do a lot of things that he isn’t known for doing…

“For them to have success, he’s going to have to be a willing passer. That offense is predicated on spacing and ball movement and he can’t hold the ball like he has on previous occasions. So he’s got to pass the ball.”

Bottom line, you have to move the ball and move off the ball. Anthony has shown flashes of this kind of play when with Team USA in the past, surrounded by the world’s best players. Guys he trusted. This is different — he has to lift the rest of the guys up. He has to set the example, play the system the right way and be vocal when needed. Then just shake his head at J.R. Smith sometimes.

Anthony’s post skills should fit well in the triangle. His ability to space the floor with shooting will be a great fit. It doesn’t hurt he can take guys off the dribble now and again. He has the skills.

The question with Anthony will be mental.

And it’s going to take time.

  1. peddealer - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Lookout for the 7 foot ninjas!

    Led by Dirk Nowitzki

  2. ankmartin4 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    huge IF

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Agreed. Pretty much like saying I’d be a great fit for the triangle offense, if I grew a foot and had a nice jumper.

  3. money2long - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    can’t wait for game 1

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Blake Griffin is better then Carmelo Anthony

      • money2long - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        Lol. Inside joke

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:04 AM

        @ money2

        LOOOL!!!

        Still one of the most memorable moments for me when you were seemingly going 1 on 50 and still fighting the good fight!

      • money2long - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Haha man are you right. It felt like a war.

  4. mackcarrington - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Carmelo is going to show us the re-invention of his game. He lost weight, and Smith is going to be the new team leader. The Knicks are BACK !
    Now if I can just find my medication….

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    There’s some real truth to that, honestly. But will he is the big question.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Melo will be just fine, its his supporting cast that would concern me.

    • m4a188 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      You mean his numbers will be fine, which is apparently all that counts.

  7. csbanter - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I wouldn’t be concerned about Melo if Phil Jackson were implementing the triangle from the bench, but with Fisher don’t know. Fisher should have been coach in waiting while someone with more experience coached this upcoming season. It’s going to be a long season for the Knicks.

  8. antistratfordian - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Same issue with MJ and KB – if they can do it then Melo can do it. Except Fisher is coaching not Jackson…. that might be an issue.

    • bkbell3 - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:16 AM

      The triangle is a joke. Basketball has always been played from a triangle in general with a point a wing and a post guy. It hasn’t worked anywhere except with the bulls and la with some of the greatest players and roll players of all time who would be sucessful is any system. Great defense on both teams is what won for them. Let’s see, triangle in la, fast break no tri. koby pullup jumper no tri. dump in to shaq for jump hook,drop step,spin move or power dunk no tri. dump into shaq who kicks it out to someone no tri. koby in post does turnaround jumper,pump fake and drive or fall away jumper or dream shake no no no tri. etc. etc. They very seldom ran it past the first or second option. Same with the bulls in general. If anything the second teams on both teams ran it more than the starters. The biggest thing that made only work on those 2 teams is having all world guys like mj kb and shaq who could create shots at the end of the shot clock when it breaks down.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        @bkbell

        You said “The triangle is a joke. Basketball has always been played from a triangle in general…”

        So, to you, the triangle is a joke, but the game of basketball has ALWAYS been played from a triangle…

        IF the game has always been played from a triangle, how is the triangle a joke?

        Never mind, not really asking.

        All the triangle is, is a read and react offense vs. running a set play.

        From a definition of the basketball triangle… ” …and everything is dictated by the defense.”

        There isn’t a set play, the triangle offense will respond off of what the defense does.

        Most basketball, in general, is not the triangle offense. Most basketball is either running a set play or its where the players clear out and one goes one-on-one.

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    The art for this column is hilarious. Carmelo’s just standing there…. holding the ball.

  10. mogogo1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    We needed a scout to tell us this? Basically anybody can succeed in the triangle if they move the ball, as that is the core of what the offense is.

  11. ebecks34 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    HAHAHAHAHA – Carmelo / J.R. Smith

  12. rodyaugu - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    In other words Melo can’t be good triangle fit.

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