Phil Jackson Still Trying To Fuck This Up

Javier Howell
November 9, 2016

Furthermore, assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who was Jackson's favorite to take over as head coach, is now in charge of the team's defense. Every team in the league runs triangle sets, and even with Jackson's success in using it to win 11 championships with the Bulls and Lakers as a head coach, his hiring of Hornacek has proven that he's no longer tied to it exclusively.

It's six games into the season, and the Knicks have one of the worst defenses in the National Basketball Association.

The New York Knicks are 2-4, and concerns about their offense are reportedly already emerging from team president Phil Jackson. After a almost two-hour practice that focused mostly on defense, Carmelo Anthony was asked how he felt about the Rambis move. They had the worst defensive rating in the league going into Tuesday night's games, and the situation is dire enough that players steeped in clich├ęs can not find a positive to harp on.

Here's where things get really interesting - Begley also notes that Knicks players feel the team is running the triangle too much and that it doesn't suit Derrick Rose's game.

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Team president Phil Jackson is anxious about his team's offense but after giving up 110.9 points per 100 possessions through the first six games of the season, the New York Knicks have the worst defense in the league. That said, Rambis has never been viewed as a defensive coaching savant.

The first change implemented by the Knicks' new defensive point man: no more switching on pick and rolls.

"It's still the case", Hornacek said. "The coaching staff always talks about both sides of it". After spending 90 percent of Tuesday's practice on defending the pick-and-roll, he said he felt the Knicks had a better direction. "And embrace that and kind of just focus in on our schemes and what we're going to do and just have kind of a foundation of how we're going to do it".