Knicks’ Hornacek: Triangle has won titles

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, center, sits with Phil Jackson and Steve Mills. (MSG)

Jeff Hornacek doesn’t really have an opinion on the triangle offense. To him, it seems, it’s just a name.

“There must be something about the word triangle,” the new Knicks coach told the New York media at his introductory press conference.

“Maybe we’ll call it the circle offense. To me, it’s just a way to space the floor.”

Knicks president Phil Jackson has long used and remains a proponent of the triangle offense.

That’s why some were caught off guard by his hiring of Hornacek – who had a decent run during his stint as coach of the Suns, but was never viewed as a triangle aficionado.

“When I was talking to (Jackson) in L.A. and started looking at things that I would like to do out of the triangle offense, he goes, ‘Yeah, you can run whatever play you want out of the triangle offense.’”

The Knicks finished 32-50 and missed the playoffs yet again this past season.

While there may be a bit of a talent issue outside of veteran Carmelo Anthony and youngster Kristaps Porzingis, the team is banking on the idea a fresh voice can help take them places.

That new voice said he wants to play at a faster pace than recent Knicks squads he also plans to implement triangle principles.

“It will be part of our offense,” he said. “It’s won championships.”