Following Friday’s revealing comments from New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, the team seems to have completely turned against him, openly refusing to run his beloved triangle system, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Jackson’s latest media tirade appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, even upsetting the future of the franchise, Kristaps Porzingis, who skipped out on a meeting after hearing the president’s rant in efforts to ship Carmelo Anthony out of town.
The “Zen Master” has faced resistance on his archaic offensive system countless times in the past few seasons, switching out of it soon after the start of this season, then back into it, the back out of it again.
“To Phil, the culture is the triangle,” a source close to the team told Wojnarowski.
Instead of looking for a different system that can fit his current roster, Jackson has been hellbent on hiring coaches who wouldn’t oppose his offensive philosophy — failing time and time again to the tune of an 80-166 win-loss record during his three years at the helm of the front office.
Players have reportedly developed a certain disdain for Jackson’s protege and assistant coach Kurt Rambis, whose coaching tactics have made him “beyond unpopular,” per league sources.
As long as Melo holds the no-trade clause in place, he holds every bit of the power and controls his own destiny — especially given that it was Jackson who signed him to an extension with the team and kept the clause.
While he is becoming an increasingly unlikeable piece of the New York puzzle, the apathy in the Knicks organization starts from the top down (ahem, James Dolan) and nothing is likely to change as long as the top of the pyramid remains the same.