The Knicks haven’t gotten what they thought they would get from Sasha Vujacic this season. That was one takeaway from Kurt Rambis’ pregame news conference Monday.
The Knicks signed Vujacic, 31, to a one-year contract in August. He had played in only two NBA games in the previous four seasons, though he had been playing overseas. The Knicks’ thinking seemed to be that he might be able to help because of his knowledge of the triangle. Vujacic played his first six-plus seasons for the Lakers and learned the offense from Phil Jackson.
“Admittedly, he’s been inconsistent this year,” Rambis said. “He’s somebody who knows the operation of our system. He hasn’t run it quite as well as we would like him to. We’re encouraging him to be more of a facilitator and organizer and distributor of the basketball and also be a pressure defender both on ball and off ball. His activity has been good for us in the past, but we’re looking for him to be more consistent than he has.”
Vujacic entered Monday night’s loss to the Raptors averaging 3.7 points, 1.2 assists and 12.7 minutes. He went scoreless in 6:27.
Buss isn’t luring Phil
Jeanie Buss, the fiancee of Knicks president Phil Jackson and a part-owner of the Lakers, said in an interview Monday that she has no immediate plan to lure him back to the West Coast. “It really isn’t about trying to get him back here,” Buss told USA Today. “He is happy with what he is doing, and he is . . . up for the [Knicks’] challenge, and he’s seeing the results of the work he’s put in. But he has a ways to go.”