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Report: Carmelo Anthony lost weight ‘to play triangle offense’

  • Marcus Burnan

Carmelo Anthony shocked the NBA world recently when he posted an Unstagram photo of himself looking skinner than he usually looked.  Anthony had spent the off-season losing weight.  It wasn’t initially clear why he would do this but now we know.

According to the New York Post who cite an ‘Anthony confident’, the reason that Anthony lost the weight was to better fit the triangle offense which the Knicks will be running in the upcoming season.

“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the confidant told The Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’

The All-Star forward, who re-signed with the Knicks after weeks of indecision, feels that being in better shape as well as being faster and quicker will help him fit the role better.

The triangle offense is a read-and-react scheme that requres a lot of passing and movement.  It’s a far cry from the offense the Knicks ran under Mike Woodson in the past.

Knicks president Phil Jackson made the triangle offense famous with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2000s, both teams won multiple championships   So it mmakes sense that he’s want to emply it with new head coach Derek Fisher.

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