According to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, Phil Jackson is giving the Knicks until December to show some growth in the triangle offense.
The New York Knicks are currently ranked 21st in offensive rating, which is a drop from their ranking of 11th last season. It’s not too difficult to tell that the Knicks are currently struggling to grasp the triangle offense, but with time and practice it could be turned into a weapon. The only problem with that is Phil Jackson isn’t giving them much time to get it down. Jackson had this to say, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“We think in terms of basketball-wise, Thanksgiving, December, it’s time to really say, ‘If you haven’t gotten it by now, maybe we’ll have to think of you as a learner or not a learner as a ballplayer at that time.”
Phil Jackson didn’t take too kindly to the comments that commissioner Adam Silver made about the Knicks in the triangle. Now, it seems like he’s out to prove that his team is capable of playing in the triangle. Carmelo Anthony has been less efficient than normal in the offense so far, but that won’t last long for a player of his caliber. On the other hand, there are players like J.R. Smith who look like they may never understand the triangle offense. Looks like we’ll have to check back with Jackson and company in December to see if he’s happy with what he sees.