According to the articles I’ve read, Phil Jackson is so committed to the “Triangle Offense” that he’s only willing to hire a coach with experience running the offense. I have a question for Phil Jackson: Phil when you were a head coach would you have wanted the Owner, GM or VP of Player Operations telling you how to coach the team? My guess is “NO” and if I’m right, why is it okay for you to do it?
It is not a sound strategy for the Knicks organization to go along with Jackson’s coach selection process? Did Phil Jackson really win all of those championships because of the “Triangle Offense” or was it because he had high caliber players like Jordan, Pippen, Bryant and O’Neal? My bet is on the latter, it was the players not Phil Jackson’s offensive prowess. Phil Jackson believes that it was his coaching genius that garnered the Bulls and Lakers all of those championships. Well, I’m here to dispel that myth. It is my belief that it was the talent on the Bulls and Lakers teams that resulted in those championships. Case in point, when Jordan went on hiatus from basketball, the Bulls didn’t win anything running the “triangle offense” but when Jordan returned the Bulls won three more championships.
It was a similar situation with the Lakers, when the Lakers lost to Boston, Jackson blamed the loss on Shaq and Kobe’s inability to get along so he quit but came back, when the Lakers picked up Pau Gasol and additional talent.
With players like Jordan, Pippen, Bryant and O’Neal, he could have run the square, rectangle etc. offense and my bet is the Bulls and the Lakers would have won those championships. It was the talent, not Phil Jackson’s alleged genius as a coach. Go on with your 100 year old “triangle offense.”
Not a single assistant coach under Phil Jackson’s leadership has gone on to be a successful head coach in the NBA. For instance, Brian Shaw was awful during his tenure with the Nuggets and Jim Cleamons was a total bust with the Mavericks so believe me when I say the “triangle offense” is a smoke screen for Phil Jackson to keep people snowed and New York gets’ enough snow so they don’t need more from Phil Jackson.
Let’s not forget the blunder he made when he hired Derek Fisher, a player under his tutelage who was a complete joke as the Knicks head coach. If he decides to hire Kurt Rambis as the head coach of the Knicks, the outcome will be the same.
Phil Jackson needs to step aside and hire a coach that can develop the talent on the Knicks team or become the head coach himself. The Knicks don’t have the talent the Bulls or Lakers had when Jackson was coaching so my bet is he will not become the head coach because he doesn’t know how to develop players.
Phil Jackson, either step up or step off and hire a real coach to come in and coach the Knicks.