Bruce Bowen was in London today to launch the Luol Deng Academy's partnership with the NBA and we at GiveMeSport grabbed an exclusive interview with the three-time NBA Champion. During our talk, the conversation turned to the New York Knicks - who haven't had a great start to the season to put it nicely.
The Knicks have had an awful start to life under Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher and currently boast the worst record in the whole of the NBA - 5 wins and 35 losses. The Knicks are also on a woeful stretch of 15 games without a win and have just traded away two of their better players in J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert for absolutely nothing in return except for a small amount of cap space clearance.
But according to Bowen, it isn't fair to start judging Jackson and Fisher just yet.
Give Them Time
"It's not just about this year of looking at what (the Knicks) are doing," the San Antonio Spurs legend said. "You know, you look at Derek Fisher coming on board in his first year as head coach, Phil (Jackson) it's his first year orchestrating all the things he does within in the organization. It's the product of what they received years ago that they're working with."
"Until they get their type of players there, that's when you can really start the process of judging what they're doing and how they're doing their job."
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Stick with the Triangle
Bowen went on to add that he thought the Knicks players should just keep going with the triangle offense instead of potential trying to freestyle and make plays they're more comfortable with.
"I have a different perspective when it comes to the game of basketball. I'm from that school of thought of 'if a coach asks you to run this play, that's the play you run. It's not about you questioning whether a play is good or not, it's about you doing your job to make sure that at the end of the day you can say 'ah well we tried it and we see where it happens to sit."
The Knicks are in London this week as part of the NBA's Global Games as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the O2 Arena. Jason Kidd's Bucks have been much better than expected this year, going from the number 2 overall pick in the 2014 Draft to 20-19 which is good enough for the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference at the moment.