ESPN – The New York Knicks have struggled to execute the triangle offense over the past three seasons, and some players have complained publicly and privately about the utility of the offense. But Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal defended the triangle on Monday, suggesting that it hasn’t worked in New York because of some of the players’ stubbornness and bad habits.
“It works,” O’Neal said of the triangle, speaking with reporters in Los Angeles after calling Monday’s Knicks-Clippers game on TNT. “When you’re a player, you’re used to doing something one way, and you bring in a system, a lot of guys don’t like to give up their habits. But the triangle, the ball can’t stop. It can’t stop.”
When is this nightmare going to end. Phil Jackson took over the Knicks’ front office over three years ago and since that godforsaken day the words “triangle offense” have earned permanent real estate in every Knicks fan’s brain.
The triangle offense is complete horseshit. This is a very simple fact that everyone needs to understand. It only worked all of those years because Phil had Jordan, Pippen, Kobe, and Shaq, among others. But hand Phil a supporting cast filled with the likes of Ron Baker and Lance Thomas and he’ll tell you that they aren’t executing his triangle offense the right way.
You could blindfold each member of the 1996 Bulls and throw all game plans in the trash before tipoff and they’re still gonna win by 25. Make Gregg Popovich head coach of the current Knicks roster and even then I’m not sure they make the playoffs. Gut this roster from the inside out if you want to see a change, Phil. I have a better chance at being eaten alive by a great white than the Knicks do at winning a championship under this Colonel Sanders-looking piece of dog shit Phil Jackson.
The triangle offense is way past its prime, if it ever had one. The NBA is about having the best players and if you don’t have them you aren’t going to win unless you are the 2004 Detroit Pistons. Simple as that. And sorry Carmelo, I’m afraid you aren’t one of the best players in this league anymore. Kristaps Porzingis, on the other hand, might be so with that being said I leave you all with my plan on how the Knicks can be saved in four easy steps:
- Fire Phil
- Give Porzingis max contract
- Win championship