New York Knicks hate Triangle Offense, Players fighting Carmelo

carmelo-anthony-knicksWith his 11 NBA titles, Phil Jackson was expected by some to immediately turn around the mess made in New York last season. But so far, the situation wtth the Knicks has only got messier.

News coming on the heels of the team’s 9-game losing streak suggests that they want to abandon the legendary triangle offense. What’s more is that players are allegedly fighting with Carmelo Anthony over how many shots he takes. In one instance, this almost spilled into a real fight in the locker room.

Through an insider report by ESPN’s Chris Broussard, it was revealed that Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. got into a verbal argument when the former thought Hardaway yelled at him for not grabbing a rebound. Anthony then reportedly said he was going to beat Hardaway up after the game. Luckily this never happened, but the tension is still there as you can see from the following:

Several Knicks, in addition to Hardaway, are at odds with Anthony and believe he is not playing team basketball. Sources said players voiced their displeasure with Anthony over the weekend, telling him he shoots too much, doesn’t move or pass the ball, and plays defense only when he feels like it.

Sources said the most tension exists between Anthony and Hardaway, as they haven’t cared for each other almost since Hardaway joined the team last season, with each player believing the other shoots too much and doesn’t care about defense. Sources said Hardaway was also bothered by the favorable treatment Anthony received under last season’s coach, Mike Woodson.

About the only thing that Anthony and his teammates can agree on right now is their hatred of the triangle offense that made Jackson so famous. But it is Derek Fisher coaching the team now, with Jackson merely overseeing the organization as president. And players have begged Fisher to abandon the triangle offense, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Here’s one more excerpt from Broussard on this matter:

One thing Anthony and his teammates do agree on is their disdain for the triangle offense, sources said. For weeks, if not longer, the players have been ready to ditch the triangle and move on to another system. They feel like other teams know what they are going to run and where they are going to go on the court, which makes it easier to stop them.

Mired in second-to-last place in the Atlantic Division, with only 2-18 Philadelphia below them, New York certainly doesn’t look like a playoff team this year. But the situation may be even worse than it looks considering all of the drama surrounding the players and triangle offense.

So if you’re into New York Knicks betting, you should take all of this into account. And if the situation doesn’t improve any time soon, you should certainly fade the Knicks on the spread until they develop some chemistry – or at least stop threatening to beat each other up.

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