The triangle and Phil Jackson’s whims are simply distractions to what is really responsible for the Knicks’ stumbling start — one of the worst defenses in the NBA.
And according to one dedicated observer and former coach, the Knicks, and particularly Kristaps Porzingis, would be best served holding themselves more accountable on the championship end, rather than fretting about Jackson’s beloved offense.
The Knicks seemed to agree by finally putting a coach in charge of the defense, although the choice seemed peculiar. Sources confirmed assistant Kurt Rambis, known for his triangle acumen and loyalty to Jackson’s offense, was given defensive coordinating duties.
“This constant debate about what they should be running on offense I think is just counterproductive to what’s best for the Knicks,” Jeff Van Gundy, who is serving as the color commentator for Wednesday’s Knicks-Nets matchup on ESPN, told the Daily News. “They’re not running the triangle very often, and the issues that need to be corrected have nothing to do with the triangle.