D'Angelo Russell, one of projected lottery selections in the 2015 NBA Draft, stated that his game fits the “triangle offense” being run by the New York Knicks. According to an ESPN report, Russell attended film sessions with Knicks President Phil Jackson, who used the same offense in championship runs with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers when he coached those teams in the past.
Russell also participated in predraft workouts in New York, in the presence of Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher. The draft will be held Thursday in Brooklyn, New York.
"Now that I look at it, Kobe [Bryant] had great success in it. The shots that he took, the shots that he made were in the same areas, all from the offense. So I think I can definitely thrive there," Russell told ESPN, referring to the triangle offense and the possibility that he will be playing in that system at the start of his NBA career.
Russell admitted that he’s excited by the prospect of playing in New York and felt good about the workout with the Knicks in recent weeks. "It was great, just to be in the mecca. It was my second workout. Just being in New York was a great feeling and getting the opportunity to work out for one of most well-known teams in the NBA was just a blessing,” the Ohio State standout said.
Russell is expected to be a top-five pick in a draft that also will feature Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky), Jahlil Okafor (Duke), Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis and Justise Winslow, among others. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Knicks and Orlando Magic have the first five picks, in that order.