Knicks president Phil Jackson joined his former player Shaquille O'Neal Monday night on stage at some kind of American Express event-thingy to talk a little basketball. It was there that the Zen Master dropped a philosophical bombshell, per Ian Begley:
Phil Jackson says 3-point shooting has changed the spacing of today's NBA. He suggests at an American Express event that the triangle still has a place in the NBA but that the spacing may need to be adjusted due to the 3-point shot.
However will #goink survive this onslaught of words like "change" and "adjustment"? These seem like the words of a man who just hired a bright offensive mind with no Triangle experience instead of doubling down with his usual cast of triple-post zealots. I'd be interested to know what these adjustments might be. I guess we'll have to wait until training camp -- or perhaps Summer League -- to find out.
Fortunately for the Knicks, the East ain't shit:
Why not us??? This is the kind of quote that will undoubtedly be thrown in his face if the Knicks should miss the playoffs next season. A more diplomatic answer would have been to praise your own guys instead of shitting on the rest of the conference, but that just isn't his style.
Of course, it wouldn't have been Phil without one of his patented weird cross-generational comparisons:
Phil Jackson at #AmexNBA says Draymond Green is similar to Rodman but is not as athletic as Dennis— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) June 7, 2016
I mean, Rodman was like twice as good a rebounder and Green is a much better passer, but alright. At least he didn't compare Steph Curry to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf again.
And Phil wasn't content to talk a big game on his own behalf; he also let it be known that Carmelo Anthony is also feeling a bit cocky:
Phil Jackson says that when he met with Carmelo at the end of the year Melo thinks the Knicks have best frontline in Eastern Conference.— Billy Platt (@BillyDaKid732) June 7, 2016
If Kristaps Porzingis makes a leap in Year 2, Melo may very well be right. Either way, I'm glad everyone is confident.