New York Knicks president Phil Jackson won a total of 11 NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers using the Triangle Offense. However, the latest NBA rumors imply that Jackson may no longer be using the Triangle next season as the Knicks comply with the evolving offense in the league.
In an interview with Today’s Fastbreak last December, Jackson explained why the Triangle Offense is ineffective in today’s NBA. The Knicks were 10-14 at that time and on their way to missing the playoffs for the third straight season.
“Today’s players simply lack the skills to play the triangle. They know how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they’ve mastered crossover dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots,” Jackson said.
The Zen Master also noted that this generation of players does not know how to execute basic footwork drill like the inside-reverse pivot while having no sense of timing. He added that players do not play five-on-five basketball because of the pace of play.
The NBA has evolved into a shooting league while also pointing out the importance of controlling the tempo and isolation plays, per FOX Sports. And with this, Jackson may be becoming more open to improving the Triangle Offense or totally abandoning it.
Many were expecting Kurt Rambis to officially become the Knicks’ head coach full-time but Jackson surprised a lot of people when he signed Jeff Hornacek. The former Phoenix Suns head coach is known for his fast-paced offense and he is looking to combine it with the Triangle.
During his introductory press conference, Hornacek revealed that he has talked with Phil Jackson about using incorporating his up-tempo style to the Triangle Offense.
“Maybe we’ll call it the circle offense. To me, it’s just a way to space the floor. When I was talking with Coach 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,’” Hornacek said, as transcribed by the Daily Knicks.
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