Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  27 responses

Phil Jackson: Artest Runs the Triangle Better Than Kobe

The Lakers’ head coach is joking here, I think. But he pays Ron Ron a nice compliment, while taking a small swipe at Bryant’s solo offensive forays. From the OC Register (via NBA.com): “Apparently, he’s not as misguided as he looks, and Phil Jackson knows exactly what the Lakers forward is doing … He even said Artest would figure out the offense sooner or later. ‘He’s probably a little better at it (triangle offense) than Kobe is, because Kobe ignores the offense,’ Jackson said Tuesday after the Lakers’ victory against Minnesota.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Phil being Phil.

  • kurt

    This is just Phil us challenging motivating his players this is nothing new he did in past years with the Lakers and Bulls.

  • http://www.runninglikwidworks.com MrRLW

    Eboy beat me to it. “Phil being Phil,” exactly. Move along, nothing to see here people.

  • Orange

    >.> that was unexpected


    Phil meant to say Kobe doesn’t see anyone except the ball and the hoop…lol such a ballhog

  • Kyle

    This is pretty funny, and probably true. The best guys at the triangle offense are cats like Horace Grant, Kukoc, Rodman, Odom, Gasol, Rick Fox, Horry… guys who like it and don’t want to be the big time shooter.

    And if he thinks this will change Kobe’s attitude, you honestly think he trusts Gasol who couldn’t win one game in the playoffs as the main guy? Exactly…

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    What does this say about the triangle offense! jokes

  • Bluntz&40z

    They need Kobe to step up even more that’s all phil’s trying to get Kobe to do. Stev Blake and barnes have disappointed, for the most part. Kobe knows how to run the system, he is an assassin out there he can’t just be complacent he needs to take over if they’re going to win anything. The Lakers have been as disappointing as Yao Ming’s return this season to Houston was.

  • Kyle

    Maybe Phil doesn’t want Kobe to burn himself out before the playoffs… it doesn’t matter where you finish as long as you are in the top four. Rest seems to be more important when you have as many miles as Kobe does. And the triangle offense is basically a joke unless you have 3 guys who actually understand and 2 deadly 3 point shooters who can occasionally cut to the basket for an easy layup. The Lakers don’t have that anymore.

  • Red Star

    The Zen Master can be dumb A at times. Lakers 4 Life!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Good thing Kobe ignores it, back to back championships with 24 as Finals MVP both times, obviously he’s doing something right. Did anybody saw the Wolves-Laker game by the way? When Kobe got hot in the 2nd half the wolves announcers were loving it. What’s up with that? It wasnt like he was having one of those 50 nights where you just have to appreciate it, he was just being kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I actually don’t think that was a joke to an extent. Artest clearly doesn’t understand the triangle but he passes and cuts, he doesn’t disrupt the flow of the offense, so in that sense I think Phil was telling the truth, because Kobe just vetoes any play when he feels like he can score and that happens a lot.

  • http://youtube/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    Those “solo offensive forays” have won the Lakers 5 Championships. Hopefully 6.

  • T-Money

    this was a shot at kobe, he just used artest as a prop.

  • the truth

    how did tis end up in my comments box….

    “the truth”

    …and his e-mail

  • youngmuggsy

    The Zen master understanding basketball on levels us mere mortals cannot even comprehend. Bow before his mighty intellect!

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    NBK: he cuts…? is there another Artest on the Lakers?
    T-Money is correct.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Phil means this literally

  • 2KInsider

    Kobe is an admitted shoot-first player and said he will never change. The triangle is a passing offense. No suprise here.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well its not like he cuts hard, its more like he passes and gets outta the way. And Kobe’s one man forays have done just as much bad as good

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Phil’s just tryna piss Kobe off. If I were Kobe, I’d give my opponents hell the next game while using the triangle perfectly

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Will Perdue ran the Triangle better than anyone not named Luc Longley.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    nbk: that’s more realistic, hahaha

  • Yesse

    Didn’t see this coming. Playing isolation with Kobe can pretty much win you a regular season game. In Nba finals i don’t think Kobe can solo that much.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Nobody knows what Phil meant besides Phil. The only clear ‘shot’ he took was at Kobe for ignoring the offense.

  • dsleepy

    phil cracks me up.

  • Aristotle

    Yeah but Kobe could if he wanted, he just doesn’t need to when you’re the X factor and needs to take control of the game from those who follow the triangle offense and don’t put their shots away. But that’s Phil for ya ;)