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Phil Jackson says new generation of NBA players aren't good enough to play the triangle

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Phil Jackson has long been an ambassador of the triangle offence. It brought him so much success with the Chicago Bulls and the L.A. Lakers as a head coach, but it has proven far less effective during his tenure as president of the New York Knicks.

The triangle is a style that has fallen out of favour with the best NBA teams but Jackson has remained adamant that it can work with the right components.

However, in an interview with Phil from December 2015 that was recently released by Today's Fastbreak in a series named 'The Phil Jackson Chronicles', one of the most successful coaches in history made a sweeping criticism of today's generation of NBA players.

He said: "Today’s players simply lack the skills to play the triangle. They know how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they’ve mastered crossover dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots.

"They don’t know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic footwork. They have no sense of timing or organisation. They don’t really know how to play five-on-five basketball. It’s strictly generational."


Under new head coach Jeff Hornacek the Knicks look set to make a strong push for the playoffs after the additions of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to compliment Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. It will see them move further away from Jackson's coveted triangle offence, but in today's league that is no surprise.

Simply put, the triangle doesn't fit anymore and it's best for all parties if the Knicks distance themselves from it.

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