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Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman has insisted that learning the triangle offense is not difficult as the New York Knicks continue to struggle this year.
Amongst the areas that Rodman took issue with, he questioned whether or not Carmelo Anthony was a right fit for the system and whether team president Phil Jackson had made a mistake by appointing Derek Fisher as coach.
The Knicks lost again on Tuesday night to the New Orleans Pelicans which leaves them at 4-19 for the season, which is the worst record through the opening 23 games of a season in the franchise’s 69-year history.
While players and coaches have insisted that it will take time for the team to master the triangle offense, Rodman is not impressed with what he has seen so far and can imagine that Jackson is extremely frustrated with the lack of progress.
“If I know Phil [Jackson, Knicks team president], he just feels like [crap] right now,” Rodman told reporters at a promotional event in Manhattan. “I think he just feels like, ‘Wow, I thought I came here to do a great job and revitalize the city of New York.’ He didn’t expect this.
“He didn’t expect this. I saw him a couple of times on TV when I was in L.A., and I’m like, I know what you feel like, Phil. You came to be the savior and all of a sudden it’s like, ugh. Then you went and got Derek Fisher. Really, is he coaching? Is Derek Fisher coaching? I don’t get it. I don’t know what’s up with that team, man. You’ve got Carmelo and after that who else do you got?
“They’re not running the triangle. Derek Fisher’s not really coaching. I know Phil is trying to throw his input in the background, but who expected this from Phil? They expected him, we’re going to give you $15 million a year for the next six years and this team is — wow — they might not even make the playoffs.”
Jackson admitted earlier this week that the Knicks have a “loser’s mentality” after a string of close losses, and he is also worried about how their struggles will affect their chances of recruiting free agents next summer.
However, Rodman insists that it isn’t that difficult to learn the triangle offense and he also believes that there is a lack of quality across the roster to fit around Anthony in order to make it work as the Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers did under Jackson.
“I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago,” Rodman said. “It’s not that difficult. It’s a triangle.
“Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?”
Rodman questioned whether others would want to move to New York and try and fit in alongside Anthony, but with the Knicks having significant cap space, they will hope to lure free agents with the promise that things will improve.