Spike Lee Making a Film About the Triangle Offense

by October 06, 2014

The New York Knicks aren’t the only folks learning all of the intricacies of the famous Triangle Offense. Their fans are also getting a lesson.

Spike Lee is making a short film about the offensive system Phil Jackson ran to the tune of 11 NBA titles in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Per the WSJ:

Enter Spike Lee, the filmmaker and unabashed Knicks fan, who is making an hour-long film in an effort to demystify Jackson’s offensive system. He is calling it “What Is the Triangle Offense: A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint.” It is set to air Oct. 24 on MSG.


“I’ve never done anything like this before,” Lee said. “This is trying to explain to the average fan the triangle system. It’s sort of like the mysterious mythology and Zen that Phil Jackson has used to win six times in Chicago and five times in L.A.”


Jackson, who sat on a high stool on the sidelines while [Jim] Cleamons and [Kurt] Rambis walked Lee and some of the Knicks through a couple of triangle sets, joked that he hopes Lee’s film isn’t too instructional—particularly to Knicks opponents. “The less they know, the better off we are,” he said. […] “It’s one of the many systems in basketball to go on,” Jackson said of the triangle. “It just so happens that it has been highly talked about and less copied and used than a lot of things that go on in basketball. It’s really about the discipline. It’s about the detail and the fundamentals that go into it.”