Shaquille O’Neal has something to say about the Triangle offense, which one Knicks team official conceded that “our coaches know way more about the triangle than our players do.’’
The fact of the matter is that the Knicks just don’t have a good enough roster yet. And Shaq has mentioned something similar.
“For the triangle to work, you need to have two superstars,’’ he said. “It’s been proven over time. Look at what Phil needed to win his championships in Chicago. Then look what he had in L.A., with me and Kobe. You have to have two superstars playing in the triangle to win championships.’’
The Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and then the Lakers had Shaq and Kobe Bryant. A few years later, while you can argue Pau Gasol is not a superstar, he was definitely a very skilled player and a perennial All-Star. Kobe and Pau were quite the tandem in their back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.
And if anything, you can argue that you need two superstars for ANY offense to win the championship. It’s just that the guys Phil Jackson had on his roster were good enough to break the Triangle when they needed to divert from the offense and most people don’t think that Carmelo Anthony is on that level of Kobe, Michael, and Shaq.
The Knicks, with this current make-up, is likely not going to win the title anytime soon. And, no, I don’t think Iman Shumpert or J.R. Smith can turn into that second superstar.
Shaquille O’Neal picture courtesy of Getty Images.