Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Spike Lee is making an hour-long documentary type joint, titled What Is the Triangle Offense: A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint. It will air on MSG October 24th, five days before the season opener against Chicago.
Via the Wall Street Journal:
“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…. Everybody says a junior high-school team can run it. Proponents of the triangle offense say it’s simple. If you’re not a proponent, you don’t know what’s happening.”
But newly appointed Knicks team President and authority on the triangle-offense, Phil Jackson doesn’t really seem to be too crazy about Spike Lee’s latest project. Never one to be shy about what’s on his mind, took a jab at the Do The Right Thing director,” he doesn’t know anything about basketball.”
Spike Lee, self-proclaimed biggest Knicks biggest fan, author of Best Seat in the House: A Basketball Memoir and director of the early Micheal Jordan Nike commercials when Phil was coach of the Bull says, ‘he can to educate the Knicks loyal fanbase’ Knicks team president Phil Jackson doesn’t seem to have any use of the documentary.
His thought exactly are Spike Lee is just a big fan who should not be taken seriously when it comes to actual basketball talk.
“Spike is an avid Knicks fan who doesn’t know anything about basketball,” Jackson said, via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News at The New Yorker Festival over the weekend. “It’s not that complicated. It’s not rocket science.”
Spike Lee is also one to always say what he means despite how others will percieve it. So it’s going to intetesting to see where the relationship of the Knicks biggest fan and the Zen Master who is seen as the one who can restore the Knicks to their former glory, goes from here.