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Kristaps Porzingis on triangle: ‘We should’ve been playing it from the beginning’

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Kristaps Porzingis #6 and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Knicks are, once again, emphasizing Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.

Derrick Rose doesn’t sound thrilled with that, and Carmelo Anthony chafed at the system before.

But not everyone is down on the triangle.

Kristaps Porzingis, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“We should’ve been playing it from the beginning of the season,’’ Porzingis said. “We’re a little behind. I don’t know when we can finally start using it properly and making an impact.

“The whole first season we played nothing but the triangle. I know it pretty well. I like the offense. It can only work if everyone believes in it and everyone executes it the right way. We’re starting to learn it the way we should.’’

The divide between Porzingis and Anthony has never felt bigger.

The second-year Porzingis is probably still at the point where he’s far more focused on appeasing his bosses than advocating for himself. Anthony is in a different state of his career.

Porzingis has the diverse skill set to thrive in any system. Anthony requires careful building around his score-first game.

Make no mistake: Porzingis is the Knicks’ future, and his buy-in is important. But switching to the triangle now is creating a rocky present in New York.