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New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson has conceded that his experiment at the franchise has “fallen flat on its face” after a miserable season so far.
Jackson’s arrival at the franchise was met with great optimism and excitement as he pledged to introduce the triangle offense which had served him so well during his own coaching career.
However, with a lack of talent and initial teething troubles for first-year coach Derek Fisher, the plan hasn’t worked out as hoped for with the Knicks a long way off of making the playoffs.
Fisher’s team are now 10-38 for the season while the likes of JR Smith and Iman Shumpert were traded to accelerate the rebuilding process, and Jackson, an 11-time NBA champion, has conceded that the project has failed so far.
“So far, my experiment has fallen flat on its face,” Jackson reporters.
“It was part of my thinking,” Jackson said. “There are some principles of the offense that I did feel were being overrun, or disregarded.”
Jackson dismissed suggestions that the triangle offense was too difficult to learn for some players, and he stood by his convictions and insisted that they will continue to push ahead with it as ultimately he knows that it brings great success.
However, his first mission will be to improve the state of the roster and build around Carmelo Anthony by using both the Draft and free agency to bring in new talent.
The Knicks have significant cap space to play with, but their biggest problem will likely be their ability to convince players to join them despite New York being such a big market as their difficulties this season can’t be completely ignored.