Phil Jackson is firing on all cylinders.
After using Twitter to offer valuable advice to Hip Hop artist Kendrick Lamar during the uproar over his explosive verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” Phil is dishing out more knowledge on Twitter to educate the so-called experts disrespecting one of the most intricate offensive sets in the history of basketball, the infamous Triangle.
While there’s always a certain ambiguity behind Jackson’s random tweets, one thing’s clear, Jackson didn’t take kindly to suggestions that his system was outdated:
“Pundits say triangle is passé. Tired of hearing it used as excuse for players. System basketball takes dedicated coaching basic skills; footwork, passing, reading defense, and team work. The state of bball now is s/roll which is controlled by the dribbler is the easy way out.
What was frowned on was to hold the ball and disrupt the rhythm since players were in motion off-ball, but individual has to be aggressive.”
The triangle is anything but basic; it takes a certain skill and the proper fundamentals to execute it perfectly. He’s correct in saying today’s game is based around the pick-and-roll or S/Roll(Screen & Roll) as Jackson so eloquently puts it.
It’s virtually impossible to watch a game without at least one P/R set being ran by either team, however, some of the best teams in the league’s offensive success is predicated on their execution of the P/R. It’s not all about setting a screen for the player dribbling the ball, most of the time it’s off-ball screens, and continuous movement, causing major confusion for the defense.
I wouldn’t say the P/R is inferior to more traditional offenses, and depending on how the team runs it, they could be very dangerous, a la The San Antonio Spurs. Nevertheless, at times it can be seen as lazy because it doesn’t require much to implement in a team’s offense.
We live in an era of basketball where Isolations are the focal point, and unless a coach is willing to put in the effort to teach players the fundamentals, then it appears the P/R is a long way from becoming obsolete.
Decrying one style of offense to bolster another isn’t the right way to prove the value of the triangle. Perhaps doing the inevitable, and actually coaching will do the trick.
Written By: @yagirltee