Phil Jackson isn’t technically coaching the Knicks, but his coaching philosophy is being pushed on the actual coach, Jeff Hornacek.
The triangle offense took a bit of a leave of absence leading into the All-Star break but has now been brought back. Jackson even seemed giddy about its return as he sent a tweet last week that included an emoji of a triangle along with a birthday wish to the offense’s creator, Tex Winter.
Morice Winter, a Happy 95th Birthday Tex,#🔺
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 25, 2017
Hornacek also confirmed the new(ish) offense by saying, “There is more of (the triangle). I couldn’t give you a percentage.” Players like Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose also discussed the return of the offense.
Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown doesn’t understand this move. Speaking Tuesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Brown said if Jackson is going to call the shots on coaching, then he should just head to the sideline himself.
“My whole thing is being a coach, a GM and a president, you all got to be attached at the hip,” Brown said. “There’s got to be no separation between you. The players got to know it’s one voice, we’re all in this together, we’re going to do what’s right.
“I can’t figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how you want him to play. I can’t figure out how you can draft players for a coach that you know coaches a certain a style, and has been successful doing that style, and get him to play a style that you feel comfortable with. Then you coach. You’re talking about one of the greatest coaches in the history of our sport. Let him coach. If he wants to do the triangle, put it in, let him coach it, and then teach everybody around and get the players that are comfortable playing it.”