One day after Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo questioned if the New York Knicks would be a good fit for him in free agency because of the triangle offense, Knicks head coach Derek Fisher offered his opinion on the matter.
According to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, Fisher suggested that a lack of success against the triangle contributed to Rondo's dislike for it:
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Fish on Rondo saying triangle isnt for him: "You cant ask a player who wasn't very successful playing against it if he wants to play in it."2016-2-7 16:25:35
Per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, Fisher also declined to label the former Boston Celtics star as an "elite" point guard:
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Derek Fisher on Rajon Rondo saying he's not a fan of the triangle: "It's your opinion whether he's elite or not."2016-2-7 16:25:23
When asked about the offense popularized by current Knicks president and longtime Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson on Saturday, Rondo dismissed it as a system that plays to his strengths, according to ESPN.com's Ian Begley: "The triangle's not really a good look for me, I don't think," Rondo said.
Fisher and Rondo had plenty of battles on the court when they played for the Lakers and Celtics, respectively, including meetings in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals.
Time for the Grizzlies to Trade Marc Gasol
I.T. Now the Biggest Question Mark of the Season
The Night in the NBA: Beasley Gets MVP Chants, DeRozan Drops 45 and More
Still Too Soon to Declare Anything About Any Rookie
We Owe the Indiana Pacers an Apology
B/R Looks Back on Tracy McGrady Scoring 13 Points in 35 Seconds in 2004
Tracy McGrady Scored the Most Impressive 13 Points of His Career in 35 Seconds
Butler Is the NBA's Biggest Country Music Fan
On This Day in 2012, Kobe Joined Elite NBA Club
NBA Handshake Fails
Is It Officially Panic Time in OKC?
Simmons Finally Faces 'Big Brother' LeBron
Leave Lonzo Alone, He's Only 20
The Boston Celtics Are on Top of the NBA
Gregg Popovich Has the San Antonio Spurs Rolling at Home
It's Early, but Stevens Is the Coach of the Year
Shaq and Chuck Used to Get into It on the Court
LeBron Isn't Worried, but Maybe He Should Be
NBA Superstars Are Cruising by Scoring Milestones
This Lakers Rookie Is Ready to Take Over the NBA
Rondo helped lead the C's to the NBA title in 2008, and the four-time All-Star performed particularly well in the clinching Game 6 against L.A. with 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals.
Despite that, Fisher clearly took offense to Rondo's comments, and it certainly seems unlikely that they would be a good pairing from a coach-to-player perspective.
The Knicks desperately need a point guard to effectively run the triangle and facilitate to the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis with Jose Calderon reaching the end of the line, but Rondo doesn't seem to be in the cards.
Although the soon-to-be 30-year-old veteran is enjoying a strong year in Sacramento, with averages of 11.9 points, 11.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game, his attitude has been a big question mark since he was traded from the Celtics to the Dallas Mavericks last season.
New York certainly doesn't need a feud between a player and the coach given how intense the media scrutiny is in the Big Apple, and that alone may be reason enough for the Knicks to avoid the former NBA champion.
Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter.