Derrick Rose is working extremely hard for the upcoming season with the Detroit Pistons, who are in a good spot to make it to the playoffs if they remain healthy. Apart from that, he published a new book and in one of the segments, he dedicated a couple of words and described the time with the New York Knicks which were run by Phil Jackson.
Rose said other players and himself had a hard time adjusting to the triangle offense, which according to his words Jackson was heavily imposing on the team. He believes the triangle offense wasn’t suitable for the type of players they had at that time on their roster and Rose thinks because he is a natural slasher the triangle doesn’t work for him.
“As for me, I liked Phil, but, come on, man, you’re still running the triangle? He was still forcing them to run it. I’m a slasher, a driving point guard. The triangle is okay, but not for the personnel we had. Melo couldn’t play that way, didn’t want to. Jo and I used to talk about that all the time. Phil wanted us to play a certain way and we had to listen. What can you do? Early on in the season, Phil really didn’t force anything. But as time went on, it converted all the way to the triangle and we played through that almost the whole year.”
A change of personnel and a bunch of new players on the roster, also had a big impact on the Knicks that season and it obviously takes time to build chemistry and make the players execute the triangle offense properly. Rose said Carmelo Anthony also had a similar problem with triangle and adjustments were made slowly.
“We were a new team with new players and a new coach, and because of Melo and the way he played, we needed to do something now, and you need some time with that offense.”