New York Knicks president Phil Jackson will hold a meeting with interim coach Kurt Rambis and several players to go over the triangle system, according to multiple reports.
Jackson plans to review film and teach the system, which Jackson prefers to keep, with Rambis and several players, including Kristaps Porzingis, Jerian Grant, Tony Wroten, Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.
The Knicks, according to Jackson, played the Triangle more fluently when Rambis became interim coach after New York fired Derek Fisher.
"They had an immersion in the triangle," Jackson said last week, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "When Kurt started coaching the team, they started executing it with more structure. We saw some progress, but we have to make the next step."
Rambis is considered a strong candidate to become the Knicks' permanent head coach, though several other names have been linked to the position.
Such a mini-camp is sorely needed following this past season's unfortunate unfolding. The Knicks need all the help (or, more specifically, guidance) they can get. Despite his health limitations, many have been quick to criticize Jackson over the course of his tenure for not stepping in as head coach himself. If he's so passionate around his team running a specific system and seemingly desires influence over whomever the head coach is in order to see to it that they do, perhaps it would be best for him to in fact step up.
Jackson has repeatedly said a return to the bench will not happen. Whether it's because of his health or a feeling as though he has nothing to prove, he is being sincere in his assertion.
The Knicks' president was not among team officials on the prowl for young talent at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament last week. He was absence was noted. Given the improvements New York needs to make, it would have been nice to see him there.
That said, this latest reported involvement is very positive. The players are sure to not only benefit from his input and basketball knowledge, but also hopefully gain a better understanding of what exactly Jackson is looking for. This intimate time could give them a more thorough glimpse into the mind of the man with such a specific vision for what comes next. They should all be learning in more ways than one.
It makes sense that the team's younger players will be in attendance. Wroten is still selling himself to the team, hoping to earn a spot next season. Porzingis and Grant each have much to learn. Galloway's inclusion is evidence of his dedication and commitment to this team as the Knicks ponder bringing him back next season. The same can be said in a similar sense about Calderon. He's obviously under contract for next season, but has quickly become an expendable piece New York wants to rid itself of. Serving as a vocal leader with triangle familiarity during this camp could go a long way toward helping him gain favor with Jackson.
Rambis' complete exclusion from the exit meetings last week was a little peculiar, even if Jackson was seeking input from his players on the interim coach's performance. Still, one way or another (either as head coach or a return to an assistant post), Jackson's long time friend appears likely to return in some form next season.
One would have to think Carmelo Anthony will end up in attendance, if even in just a supportive and/or participating capacity off the court to avoid injury.
The urgency around having this overtime gathering so soon after the season ended is a good thing. There's plenty for all involved to gain from it. It'll be interesting to see if Jackson comes across with a more clear mentality, and if the players continue to grab a hold of it.
This is merely an extended opportunity for Jackson to learn more about his players -- where they are mentally and physically, and what he needs to do in order to get the most out of them, or go on to fill subsequent voids.