Derek Fisher takes shot at Rajon Rondo over triangle comments

Knicks coach Derek Fisher fired back at Rajon Rondo after Rondo said he is unlikely to consider the Knicks in free agency because of the triangle offense. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

NEW YORK -- In case you needed any, here’s more evidence that Rajon Rondo probably won’t be on the New York Knicks' free-agent wish list this summer.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher took a dig at Rondo on Sunday when asked about the Sacramento Kings point guard’s thoughts on the triangle offense.

Rondo said Friday that he is unlikely consider the Knicks in free agency because of the triangle offense.

“You can’t ask a guy that wasn’t very successful playing against it whether or not he wants to come play in it,” Fisher said. “So that’s his opinion, that’s fine. He doesn’t play for us. So we’re not concerned about his opinion about us at this point.”

Fisher is usually fairly reserved with the media. This was the rare instance when the coach offered a critical comment of an opponent.

Whether or not Fisher’s thoughts on Rondo are accurate is up to interpretation. While with the Boston Celtics, Rondo won one NBA Finals and lost another against Fisher and the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the Finals that Rondo’s Celtics lost, the point averaged 13.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Fisher averaged 8.6 points and two assists in that series.

Also interesting: The questioner used the adjective "elite" to describe Rondo. Fisher challenged the accuracy of that description.

“That’s your decision on whether he’s elite or not,” the coach said.

Rondo, a 2016 free agent, said the following when asked about playing for New York: “The triangle’s not really a good look for me, I don’t think.”

Rondo is probably right. He’s a ball-dominant point guard, and that type of point guard hasn't been featured in Phil Jackson's version of the triangle offense.

However, it’s interesting to note that one of the top free agents on the market has ruled out the Knicks due to the offense they run.

Is it just one man’s opinion? Or is the attitude toward the triangle more prevalent?