Towards the end of Phil Jackson‘s tenure as head of the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis made a bold statement: New York should have followed the triangle forever. This was in stark contrast to teammate Carmelo Anthony, who resisted the triangle.
Charley Rosen, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“Carmelo cut it, telling [Kristaps] Porzingis not to say anything in public about how good the triangle was,” Rosen said. “Carmelo refused to manage the triangle, which is why Phil signed it again: there was a lot of pressure from [owner James] Dolan. But if Carmelo had managed the triangle, he would have been open on the weak side.
“He should pass, do this and run, but in the end he would have had a whole wide open side – 16-17 feet away from the basket. The defense would be too far away to double. He would have had open shots and it was a dribble or two from the basket. He would be a murderer. It would be Michael Jordan. It would be unstoppable. But Melo was ready to shoot and didn’t want to do anything else. ”