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Iman Shumpert excited to play in triangle offense because he won’t just have to stand in the corner

Aug 27, 2014, 10:31 AM EST

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When in Atlanta, coach Mike Woodson was rightly criticized for just running too much “iso Joe” offense for Joe Johnson. In New York it was better, if only because injuries forced him to put Carmelo Anthony at the four (which worked better) but one would not use the word “unpredictable” when describing the Knicks offense.

Now Derek Fisher (as the disciple of Phil Jackson) is bringing the triangle offense to New York. Anthony can fit well in that offense if he moves the ball.

Iman Shumpert is pumped the offense is coming to New York because it will give him something to do, he told ESPNNewYork.com.

“The way it’s set up, you can start three guards, it really doesn’t matter. Everybody’s going to get touches, everybody gets opportunities to cut,” Shumpert said of the triangle offense. “It’s constant action going on. So I think that I’ll be able to capitalize on that and I’ll be able to use my athleticism a lot more than standing in the corner.

“I know this year in the offense I will have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket,” he added. “I just want to work on the strength of my leg. Been working on that and being able to pull up off one or two dribbles [and working] on corner [3-pointers] and open 3s.”

Shumpert has spent this off-season working hard to recovering from surgery on his left knee. He should be good to go full speed when the season starts.

The triangle offense is all about spacing and motion — If being run properly (as Tex Winter envisioned) it has constant ball movement and guys cutting and moving off the ball. In the offense you can lob into the post (think Shaq with the Lakers) or run pick-and-rolls — and you should run in transition — but when those actions happen other actions keep spacing on the floor.

Knicks fans will start to see the offense evolve over the course of the season — your actions in the offense is predicated on how the defense responds to an action, it takes time for all the players to get on the same page, making the same reads. There will be rough patches.

But it’s going to be better for the Knicks long term. We know it can work. It just needs total buy in.

Sounds like Shumpert is in.

  1. succulentnipples - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Big John Football has been in a few triangles.

  2. csbanter - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    The Knicks are terrible plain and simple check back in 2015 when they have money to bring in all star talent, until then its OK to ignore them.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Your attempt to belittle the Knicks is…excellent. Knicks are losers through and through.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:17 AM

        Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6. Hahahaha! You bitter, loser?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:09 AM

        Why would a Miami fan be bitter after watching his team win four straight conference titles, two NBA championships and getting to watch the best player in the world for four years of his prime? It’s also rich watching you pathetic little Knick fans desperately trying to put other fan bases down because you can’t handle the fact that your team hasn’t been relevant in forty years.

  3. ranoversquarells - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Boooo Israel

  4. jimeejohnson - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    This blog’s comments are not very popular. Captain Obvious gotta go!

  5. campcouch - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    “It’s constant action going on. So I think that I’ll be able to capitalize on that and I’ll be able to use my athleticism a lot more than standing in the corner.”

    “I just want to work on the strength of my leg. Been working on that and being able to pull up off one or two dribbles [and working] on corner [3-pointers] and open 3s.”

    So he’s still struggling with his leg (athleticism) and still plans on standing in the corner?

  6. zzztknk - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Hope Fisher will finally give Shumpert an opportunity to start at the PG position. Shumpert makes pretty good decisions running the PG and is tenacious at defending opposing PGs!

    Fisher get them Knicks to play some defense this year and a lot of that will start with Shumper!

    C. Early can play too!

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