Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — The Knicks will retain some elements of the triangle offense, but plan to “open it up” offensively.
That was the gist of comments from head coach Jeff Hornacek on Tuesday, the first day of training camp at the team’s training facility.
After Kristaps Porzingis said the Knicks were still using “elements of the triangle” in the post-Phil Jackson Era, Hornacek conceded it was true.
“I mean you guys asked that all of last year, those are basketball actions,” Hornacek said. “You know, if you’re going to throw the ball into the post guy and run some split action and you guys want to call it triangle, that’s basketball. So yeah, there’s some of that we ran last year but that’s, again, that’s just basketball stuff.”
Louisville says it will cooperate with “any law enforcement investigation or NCAA investigation” into the latest scandal engulfing the school’s basketball program under head coach Rick Pitino.
“Today, the University of Louisville received notice that it is included in a federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men’s basketball recruiting,” a school statement says.
“While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated.
“We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter.”
Pitino later issued a statement through his attorney, Steve Pence: “These allegations come as a complete shock to me. If true, I agree with the US Attorneys Office that these third-party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Joakim Noah was given a platform during Knicks Media Day on Monday to sound off on some of his beliefs about the state of America.
And the Knicks’ center didn’t hold back.
Noah said it’s too easy to get guns in this country, and that politicians like President Donald Trump should invest more time and resources into taking care of the youth in America’s cities.
“I would make it a lot harder to get guns, No. 1,” Noah said. “I mean, kids have access to guns in this country and we don’t even talk about it. Kids are killing each other at alarming rates and it’s still so easy to buy guns, to buy bullets. We point fingers whenever we can. It’s just so easy to buy a gun in this country, so I would start with that.”