If nothing else, Phil Jackson has provided plenty of quotes during his tenure with the New York Knicks so far. His latest take is on NBA offenses.
According to Jackson, the league lacks offensive structure, discipline and teamwork.
“When I watch some of these playoff games, and I look at what’s being run out there, as what people call an offense, it’s really quite remarkable to see how far our game has fallen from a team game,” Jackson said. “Four guys stand around watching one guy dribble a basketball.”
In the same interview with Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, Jackson goes on to question offenses today, using LeBron James as an example.
“I watch LeBron James, for example,” he said. “He might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he’s off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. You see it happen all the time. There’s no structure, there’s no discipline, there’s no ‘How do we play this game’ type of attitude. And it goes all the way through the game. To the point where now guys don’t screen—they push guys off with their hands.”
Jackson later adds that defense, not the triangle, is the main focus of the Knicks improvement this offseason, and that the team won’t be looking for a quick fix in free agency.