Seemingly in homage to Dr. Stu, the Times had a lengthy article on Tex Winter.
Why? Well, Mr. Phil Jackson is remaking the Knicks, and Mr. Jackson is the greatest “installer” of Tex Winter’s Triangle Offense, an elliptical concept whose meaning is difficult to find. It is a nice article:
Hopefully, this is not firewalled. Luckily, I was able to read it in tangible form, which brings an aside, which I will defer until later. Actually, the article and Dr Stu’s comments are related. New York basketball fans are struggling with the lengthy transformation Mr. Jackson is making. I watched one Knicks game this year, and there can be no player further from a triangle player than Carmelo Anthony, and no player that could prosper more from learning the system. After seeing him in Denver, in the west, for some time, the concept of a ball sticking as if glued to his hands is the visual. And the best sense I can make of the Triangle, and its related offenses, are that every player becomes an originator of offense, and often, if not usually, the offense should be inside out, rather than now the high originating point guard system. Well, Mr. Michael “Mike” Krzyzewski criticizes the magic of the triangle, emphasizing skill players. It is having skill players and a discipline for team play that seems to matter: Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Red Auerbach, and others have all developed offenses, not triangles, with great success. The best coach of all time might have been Bill Russell because he had a great center. The lesson, I think, is that all emphasized fundamental development and a team concept. They also work to find the players that make their system work, but need the player that can be the difference maker. Steve Kerr was the perfect addition to Mr Jackson’s system with Micheal Jordan. And now Steve Kerr has rebuilt Golden State and managed a title without a superstar.
* My aside. The death of the tangible newspaper comes with a great loss. Although digital media has opened vastly more information at low cost for us all, it has necessitated, and encouraged, each of us to be more selective, i.e., be our own editors and control our own feeds. The freedom of allowing a great Sunday newspaper to bring the world to us, and for us to allow so much information we would never think to read, is a joy and enhances who we are. The next generation will not know great newspapers (but will have greater access to information).