Knicks’ Grand Poobah Phil Jackson did the classy thing Thursday, congratulating the Golden State Warriors on winning the NBA championship.
Steve Kerr is of course mentioned because he was a player for Jackson back with the Chicago Bulls back in the Jordan era.
Of course, the Warriors won the title with a historic playoff barrage of three-point shots, which should answer Jackson’s last question.
(For the record, Jackson’s point was that that you needed penetration to open up the three, you shouldn’t just gun from the arc. Which is, of course, correct. But to suggest that’s what analytics calls for shows a shallow grasp of the concepts. The point is to value the three because of the benefits it provides. The best teams in the playoffs like the Warriors and Rockets (and the Spurs a year ago, and the Heat before that) don’t hunt threes, they value them and make them a priority, but they fit in with what are basic basketball principles. I think Jackson realizes that, but he can be a cranky old man at times.)