Charley Rosen, who has worked with former NBA player, coach and manager Phil Jackson on numerous books and articles, spoke to Marc Berman of the New York Post and let his thoughts fly on more topics related to his tenure. friend like the New York Knicks’ president of basketball operations from 2014 to 2017.
Specifically, Rosen spoke of former Knick and current Portland Trail Blazer striker Carmelo Anthony, who said he would be “unstoppable” like NBA legend Michael Jordan if he embraced the Jackson triangle offense:
“Carmelo lowered it, telling Porzingis not to say anything in public about how good the triangle was. Carmelo refused to direct the triangle – which is why Phil renewed it: there was a lot of pressure from Dolan, but if Carmelo had made the triangle, it would be open on the weak side.
“He should pass, do this and run, but in the end he would have had one side completely open – 16-17 feet away from the basket. The defense would be too far away to double. He would have opened jumped shots and was a dribble or two from the basket. He would have been a murderer. He would have been Michael Jordan. He would have been unstoppable. But Melo was captured and shot and he didn’t want to do anything else. “