Spike Lee is directing an hour-long documentary on his beloved New York Knicks, which will take audiences behind former NBA coach (and now president of the Knicks) Phil Jackson’s famed offensive strategy.
The film will be titled “What Is the Triangle Offense: A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint,” and it is set to air on October 24 on the MSG network.
“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.”
To assist, director Lee watched hours of teams coached by Jackson – Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers game tapes, and took in an actual session with the coach and his current team for good measure.
“Everybody says a junior high-school team can run it,” Lee says. “Proponents of the triangle offense say it’s simple. If you’re not a proponent, you don’t know what’s happening.”
“The less they know, the better off we are,” said Jackson, but adding that, “It’s one of the many systems in basketball to go on… 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.”
“For many years when Phil Jackson was in Chicago, we couldn’t get past the Bulls with Scottie Pippin and Michael Jordan and those guys,” said current Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. “He’s come back and now it’s In Phil We Trust.”