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Knicks president Phil Jackson insists players in the NBA today cannot play the triangle offence

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Phil Jackson just might be the greatest coach in NBA history, so it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about the game.

With two NBA titles as a player and 11 more as a coach, Big Phil has overseen Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant's greatest years en route to a plethora of accolades.

He now presides over the New York Knicks as their president and he has done some major reshuffling this summer.

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Carmelo Anthony and sophomore forward Kristaps Porzingis has been equipped with the support that they need with the arrivals of Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings.

However, much of Jackson's success comes down to his fabled triangle offence. It's a style of play he has implemented everywhere he has gone, but the 70-year-old has struggled to impose the strategy in the Big Apple.

Derek Fisher - who played the offence under Jackson with the Lakers - was the first man tasked with bringing the triangle to Madison Square Garden, before Kurt Rambis followed him at the back end of last season.

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Now that Jeff Hornacek is manning the pine, it looks as though Jackson has given up on the strategy. Today's Fastbreak's Charley Rosen published excerpts of an interview Jackson gave back in December explaining why it just doesn't work.

"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 football.

"They have no sense of timing or organization. They don't really know how to play five-on-five basketball. It's strictly generational. That's why [Derek Fisher] wants to uptempo the offense. And why he spends a half hour before practice doing lots of skills work."

Well, it's hard to argue with someone as esteemed as Jackson. Do we have any takers?

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Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
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Joakim Noah
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