Phil Jackson Comments on Triangle Offense, Knicks’ Offensive Philosophy

October 10th, 2016 by Rob Goldberg Leave a reply »

Phil Jackson is finally ready to concede the triangle offense isn't ideal in 2016.

On Shaquille O'Neal's The Big Podcast with Shaq on Monday, the New York Knicks president admitted the system is difficult for players today to pick up (via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News):

The triangle is a different story. How do you teach a system that requires so many fundamental skills to players that really haven’t been taught some of that basic stuff with footwork and passing and all those rudiment type of skills that are learned, that have been, that have changed over a few years? It’s a different game.

Jackson believes the problem isn't with the offensive system, which helped him win 11 NBA championships as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the issue is with young players having the skills necessary to implement the strategy.

With many players entering the league after minimal time in college, it makes sense that they would be less fundamentally sound than they were 20 years ago.

Jackson has attempted to implement his system in New York sin ...

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