Larry Brown Says Phil Jackson Should Coach Knicks If He Wants to Run Triangle

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 1, 2017

FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson watches from the stands during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jackson may be trying to trade Carmelo Anthony because he's given up trying to change him. That seemed to be the conclusion when he broke his Twitter silence with a tweet that was another dig at the star forward. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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Phil Jackson's tenure as president of the New York Knicks has raised questions on many levels, though Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown has one solution for the team's offensive philosophy.

During an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio (via ESPN.com's Ian Begley), Brown thinks Jackson should assume the role of Knicks head coach if he wants to insist on running the triangle offense:

I can't figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how you want him to play. I can't figure out how you can draft players for a coach that you know coaches a certain a style, and has been successful doing that style, and get him to play a style that you feel comfortable with.

Then you coach. You're talking about one of the greatest coaches in the history of our sport. Let him coach. If he wants to do the triangle, put it in, let him coach it, and then teach everybody around and get the players that are comfortable playing it.

The Knicks hired Jackson to be team president in March 2014. Derek Fisher, who played nine seasons under Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, was brought on board as head coach that June, less than two weeks after he retired as a player.

At the time of Fisher's hiring, Scott Cacciola of the New York Times noted Jackson "wanted someone familiar with the tenets of his triangle offense."

Fisher was fired midway through the 2015-16 season after posting a record of 40-96 as Knicks head coach. Jeff Hornacek was brought on board as head coach prior to the start of this season after nearly three full seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

Begley noted last May Hornacek had no previous relationship with Jackson and didn't run the triangle offense, though the same report also notes former head coach Jeff Van Gundy told SiriusXM NBA Radio he heard Hornacek was "not going to be required to run the triangle."

On Tuesday, though, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News offered this nugget:

Jackson's apparent insistence on using the triangle offense and the start-stop implementing of it perfectly encapsulates the mess that is the Knicks right now.

Hornacek is a coach with his own unique philosophy but is apparently being hamstrung by management. It's not an ideal scenario for anyone to be in, though when a team is 24-36 and on its way to missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, it's trying to find any way to stop the bleeding.

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