NBA great Bernard King explains triangle offense, says Knicks to make playoffs


bernard-king-courtFormer NBA All-Star, Hall of Famer Bernard King has recently talked with Sports Illustrated about the current state of the NY Knicks, and about the triangle offense.

King in particular believes the team has a good chance of winning this year, considering the changes that were made prior to the season.

“The team is going through a transition period obviously, with Phil Jackson coming on board,” King said. “You have a new coach, some new players, but you have a staple. And you have a center of the focus in Carmelo Anthony.”

King said it will be interesting to see the new offense being implemented and how the players will be adjusting to it.

“I believe the Knicks are a playoff team,” King said.

Speaking of the Knicks leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, King said he can thrive in the triangle offense.

“Great player can adjust his game to any style of basketball, and we’ve seen that with Melo throughout his career in Denver and under Mike Woodson in New York,” King said.

He then went on to explain the principle of the triangle offense.

“The triangle offense is predicated on bold movement and body movement, it is similar to a passing game,” King explained. “I think it will help lesser players to become better, and as a result the team will become stronger.”

“I think it’s a great system and obviously Phil Jackson, with whom I played as a rookie by the way, has won so many championships. I think he has stellar leadership,” King said.

In his 14 seasons in the NBA, Bernard King averaged 22.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 33.7 minutes per game. He reached a personal record in 1984-1985, averaging 32.9 points per game for the NY Knicks.

During his career, King played for New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, NY Knicks, and Washington Bullets.

A 4-time All-Star, King played in 874 NBA games, starting in 547 of them. He was inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

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