Phil Jackson took a playful shot at Knicks super fan Spike Lee on Sunday.
Lee is making a film for MSG Network about Jackson's triangle offense. Jackson was asked about Lee during a talk at the New Yorker Festival in Manhattan on Sunday evening.
"As most people know, Spike is an avid Knick fan that doesn't know anything about basketball," Jackson said, drawing laughs from the crowd. "He knows how someone makes a shake and bake move and might dazzle the fans and make a shot."
Jackson shared some of his triangle expertise with Lee. The documentary airs next Friday night on MSG.
Phil says Calderon, Dalembert will "probably" start: Jackson said Jose Calderon and Sam Dalembert will probably start at point guard and center, respectively. Derek Fisher has said that only Carmelo Anthony has a spot in the starting lineup at this point. He has been observing different lineups in training camp and the preseason.
Assuming Fisher is on board with Jackson's idea of starting Calderon and Dalembert, that leaves question marks at shooting guard and power forward.
Knicks using monitors to gauge fatigue: Jackson said the Knicks are all using monitors under their jerseys in practices and games that are used to gauge a player's fatigue.
Jackson touched on a few other topics on Sunday with New Yorker writer Ben McGrath:
On whether he would advise Carmelo Anthony to follow his lead and experiment with LSD. “No, it’s not one of the prerequisites,” he joked.
On what Jim Dolan is really like: "Jim is a person that has a life that I think was kind of foisted on him as a corporate head. I think that's not what he started out wanting to be in life. So he's running a company that he's completely invested or charged to do by his father. I think that's great that he's done whatever the family's desires or wishes are for him."
On Lakers executive Jim Buss: “Jimmy Buss is a person that’s vaulted into position through his inheritance, his father’s position,” Jackson said. “I think he’s coming to terms with one of the realities of this job. That’s all I can offer.”
On the triangle: “I don’t put much emphasis in the name. It’s a system of how to play. It’s organized. It’s not rocket science.’’
On Donald Sterling: "He's Donald Duck, a weird duck."
Jackson also revealed that, after meeting with Anthony in Los Angeles during free agency, he and Derek Fisher flew to Manhattan, Kan., to visit ex-Bulls assistant Tex Winter, one of the architects of the triangle offense.
On his visit to MSG in 2013 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Knicks' last title team: "“Hopefully we won’t have to wait many more years before we have another celebration here.”
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