What's more, the pair is hopeful that the guard can also provide off the court support when it comes to his new teammates learning the triangle offense. Though the Knicks attempted to execute the triangle last season, the personnel necessary wasn't exactly there, and the players struggled to catch on.
Vujacic is more than happy to lend a helping hand and share his knowledge, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. At 31 years old, the guard is older than most of his new teammates. He's been spending time in New York over the past few week, getting to know the likes of Kevin Seraphin, Cleanthony Early, Kyle O'Quinn, and others. Vujacic appears ready to embrace more of a veteran role, though he doesn't consider himself to be over the hill.
"I was always someone that helped players on the court. We have a lot of rookies and a lot of younger players –- I still consider myself young by the way -– so we have a great mix of guys and I’m looking forward to teaching them and giving them help," Vujacic told Begley.
Since joining the Knicks, Jackson has tried to reel in some individuals from his Lakers days to assist him in this rebuilding effort. Obviously Fisher is coaching, and the team has signed the likes of Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown over the years. While Odom never saw the court and Brown's Knickerbocker tenure was rather short, having the latter around to tutor the younger players in the NBA Summer League last offseason certainly made a positive impact. There's a similar hope when it comes to Vujacic.
Vujacic will be a good mentor, but let's hope he'll also pull his weight in the form of contributions. That's arguably even more important. He has appeared sparingly in the NBA since 2011, so perhaps it could take him a bit of time to become acclimated once again. He likely isn't too out of touch, however (some may say the triangle itself is out of touch with today's NBA, but that's besides the point), as his specialties on the court are easily translatable. Vujacic can push the tempo while playing either position, and the majority of his shot attempts come from downtown. He serves as enough of a threat to help the Knicks space things out and spread the floor. How efficient he will be remains to be seen, but he'll likely turn out to be a positive addition in more ways than one.