Phil Jackson wanted to see more triangle offense (or he didn’t), but either way the players are chafing against that offense. Derrick Rose is not a triangle point guard, he wants to get going downhill of the pick. The Knicks spent $72 million on Joakim Noah to play center, but have looked better with Kristaps Porzingis at the five (although in such small numbers it’s hard to know for sure). Carmelo Anthony didn’t like Jackson’s comments about LeBron’s “posse.”
There’s been a push and pull between the style the Knicks players want and what management wants to see — one that came to a head after an ugly loss to the Wizards Thursday. It led to a team meeting with Jackson, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.
The one game since that talk was a quality win Sunday against the Hawks at Madison Square Garden (a game where the Hawks looked like they had enjoyed their night out in NYC the night before and weren’t exactly peaking at game time). They have a tough series ahead against Portland then a home-and-home with Charlotte.
The Knicks defense is one of the worst in the NBA, and that has been their biggest problem — until the last four games, where they are 3-1 and the defense has been middle of the pack. We’ll see if that continues.