The Phil Jackson/Derek Fisher New York Knicks rank dead last in the NBA scoring points (91.1 ppg), despite having one of the most accomplished scorers in the league on the roster. Carmelo Anthony can’t do it alone, however, and he can’t seem to do it in the famed triangle offense. Jackson is synonymous with the triangle, which is either simple or complex, depending on who you ask. With the right players, there’s no doubt the triangle works–Jackson won 11 championships coaching teams that used the triangle.
But the 2-6 Knicks may not have the right personnel–they certainly don’t have Jordan, Pippen, Shaq or Kobe, all of whom had success triangulating with Phil. Problem is that Phil Jackson is in charge of personnel, too. It’s going to take some time to find a system that matches his players, or some players that match his system. It’s a lonely job, running the New York Knicks. It’s been decades since anyone was good at it.