Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley have ripped Knicks president Phil Jackson for pursuing with the triangle offense. The Knicks (26-39) are set to miss the postseason once again.
Miller, who made a Hall of Fame career out of crushing the hearts of Knicks fans, reckons that the team needs to embrace the future. “What does Phil want to do?” the Pacers legend said, per the New York Post. “What does (owner Jame) Dolan want to do going forward with this? How do we want to play? Are we going to continue with this triangle crap or are we going to play a traditional free-flowing style like the Warriors play?” asked Miller, now a popular broadcaster.
According to Miller, Jackson won 11 championships with the triangle offense because he was surrounded by Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. “I love the triangle (offense) if I have Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, (Shaquille O’Neal) and Scottie Pippen. I’d play the triangle all day. But if I’ve got Carmelo (Anthony) and (Kristaps) Porzingis, no, I do not like the triangle,” opined Miller.
Charles Barkley, another Hall of Famer-turned broadcaster, echoed Miller’s views. “It’s all about the players,” the former Power Forward told Newsday. “I’ve said this before: Without Kobe (Bryant) and Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal) and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the triangle is just a circle.”
Despite missing out on the playoffs again, the Knicks improved drastically from last season when they finished a franchise-worst 17-65 record. “They’ve (Knicks) got to solve their point guard situation. I was hoping they’d pull off the trade for (Jeff) Teague, but I still think it’s been a progress year for them. They’re progressing. I think everybody’s shocked at (Kristaps) Porzingis. He’s probably the second guy in Rookie of the Year (behind Karl-Anthony Towns). I don’t think anybody predicted that going into the season,” Barkley added in a wide-ranging interview about the Knicks.
Regardless of staunch criticism, Jackson has reiterated that he wants the Knicks to continue running the triangle offense.