Phil Jackson, players have displeasures regarding triangle offense
With a 2-4 start so far this season, players are trying to find a point of cohesion with each other and they feel the triangle complicates the process further.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Jackson doesn’t feel the team is using the triangle enough to find success within it.
“Phil Jackson hasn’t been pleased with the New York Knicks’ performance on offense — particularly with the amount of times the team has run the triangle offense — during their 2-4 start, league sources told ESPN.”
“According to sources, some Knicks players have expressed their displeasure over the offense because they feel it doesn’t suit their personnel, particularly point guard Derrick Rose, who has traditionally thrived when using pick and rolls.”
Despite the slow start, Jackson must trust coach Jeff Hornacek to organize the team’s gameplan and allow them to figure things out without commanding his own changes.
The offense has been a success in the past, but the coach that’s on the floor can see exactly what the team needs to do, and in particular they need to focus on defense.
Currently, the Knicks sit at the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency, which is a bigger issue than scoring.
The main focus should be to develop a solid defensive gameplan and let the offense fall in line with that.
This year’s roster is Jackson’s experiment, and he only needs to make a decision once he gets the full results, not before.