With a press conference that attracted enough media light to draw even James Dolan out of hiding, the New York Knicks made official their hiring of Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations Tuesday morning.
Now that the preliminary pomp and circumstance have subsided, the focus of both franchise and fanbase shifts to whether or not Jackson will look to outfit his newfound charges with the much-hyped triangle offense—something he explicitly hinted at during his introduction.
Per ESPN New York's Ian Begley: "This isn't ground-breaking, but source says Phil is strongly committed to implementing the triangle & will shape the roster w/that in mind."
When your new boss won 11 championships using a single offense, you tend to be receptive to the idea.
And while Jackson waxed diplomatic when addressing the fate of embattled Knicks skipper Mike Woodson, most believe a change on this front to be imminent.
Curiously, Jackson’s coaching tree doesn’t boast the bounty of branches one might expect, particularly when compared to someone like Gregg Popovich.
Still, there are plenty of acolytes—and even a few relative unknowns—he could call on, if instituting the triangle indeed becomes culture-changing priority No. 1.
Today, we’ll examine the five best fits for New York’s possible triangle transformation.