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Phil Jackson: Modern Day NBA Players ‘Lack The Skill To Play The Triangle’

Ever since Phil Jackson took over as the president of the New York Knicks, his teams have failed to learn or have any interest in running the triangle offense and this has really bothered him.

Jackson is obviously from and had success in a different NBA then today’s young, athletic, free flowing-offesnive NBA. As the Knicks head into the 2016-17 season with a new-look team, the Zen Master seems to have given up on the triangle. But, he sounds very disappointed about having to do so and was very critical of today’s players, pretty much saying they lack the IQ and skill-set to run the triangle. Via TFB:

Q – Okay. Let’s turn to the Knicks. There’s been a lot of criticism in the media about how ineffectively the team is running the triangle. Why is this so?

A – 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 organization. They don’t really know how to play five-on-five basketball. It’s strictly generational.

That’s why Fish {Derek Fisher} wants to uptempo the offense. And why he spends a half-hour before practice doing lots of skills work.

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