On the Boomer and Carton show this week, legendary Seattle Supersonic and one-time Los Angeles Laker under Phil Jackson talked about the triangle offense. Craig Carton starts by asking The Glove if the triangle is really that complicated. 

"Yes it is, yes it is. With those three spots, you gotta be a patient," Payton said. 

Payton went on to say that much of it comes down to a problem where players are used to playing one way (as he was when he joined the Lakers for their ill-fated 2004 run), and the triangle turns all of that on its head. 

"You have to have players that can run a system like that. I did it in 2004 and it was not for me. I was used to coming off pick and rolls I couldn't do it. I had to go to this spot, I had to backdoor this way. And if you break down the play, Phil would be up screaming on you."

Payton made it clear the difference is that the great Phil Jackson teams had the personnel to do those things, and this Knicks team does not. 

"Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had that team. Shaq and Kobe had that team. They had players who come off and make big plays like that. (The Knicks) don't have the players to do that."

So now you're into a situation where you wonder if the Knicks should run the triangle. Is it better to struggle so you know who can and can't run the system? (Spoiler alert: none of them can.) Or would it be better to run some other things so that this team could at least make a run at being semi-competitive? Payton talked about how far off they are, and that the real key here is that the players aren't good, especially in the triangle.

"I think it takes that long to learn it," Paytons said Phil Jackson has never taken a job that doesn't have a lot of good basketball players. That's why he didn't come and take this job, he took the president job. He's got to have a team that he can be successful with. And this team can't be successful, especially not with the triangle.

"They have to get players, and they have to get the players at the right positions. You have to have a big man who's going to do what he's going to do, a shooter, and the superstar. You have the superstar. But he's got to play just like Michael Jordan did, and just like Kobe Bryant did when they were in this system." 

But at some point, you wonder how much of the triangle was just that, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan just being phenomenal, unbelievable scorers. They were superhuman, and they also had the authority to break the triangle. Click that link above and watch how quickly Jordan attacked. Even Bryant was much more purposeful. Melo holds, and hold, and holds. 

Meanwhile, the rest of the team is simply not fit to run this system, or this system isn't fit to bring out the best in this team. It's a disaster, that seems to get worse each day. Carmelo Anthony refuted rumors Friday that he was willing to waive his no-trade clause. 

Gary Payton played in the triangle, briefly.  (Getty)
Gary Payton played in the triangle, briefly. (Getty)