Derek Fisher trashes Rajon Rondo over triangle talk

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Rajon Rondo is having a comeback season with the Kings, leading the league in assists at 11.7 per game.

If there’s one trigger point for the Phil Jackson regime, it’s any commentary against the triangle. Derek Fisher took his defense of that system to another level Sunday while insulting Rajon Rondo, but the Knicks coach may want to check his facts. Responding to Rondo’s quote from Friday that the triangle is not a good system for his style of play, Fisher got personal.

“You can’t ask a player who wasn’t very successful playing against it if he wants to play in it,” Fisher said after questioning Rondo’s status as an elite player. “That’s your opinion whether or not he’s an elite player,” he said.


Fisher has either forgotten or chose to ignore the 2008 NBA Finals when Rondo’s Celtics beat the triangle-running Lakers in six games. Two years later the Celtics lost to the Lakers in seven games as Rondo averaged 13.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Fisher averaged 8.6 points and two assists in that series. Regardless, it’s now even clearer that Rondo won’t be coming to the Knicks as a free agent this summer, at least with Jackson and Fisher in place. “The triangle’s not really a good look for me,” he said.


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Knicks coach Derek Fisher takes a shot at Rajon Rondo in a bizarre defense of the triangle offense.

That may be fine for Jackson and Fisher — and a ball-dominant point guard is not a good fit for the triangle — but Carmelo Anthony is probably disappointed. The Knicks star, who returned to the lineup for Sunday’s game after sitting out Friday with a sore knee, told the Daily News that he once recruited Rondo to New York.

“I’ve talked to him kind of behind the scenes, kind of doing what I do best. Tried to get him to think about playing in New York,” said Anthony, who attended the same high school as Rondo in Virginia. “There was a time where he wanted to come. It was out of my hands at that point.”

It’s strange that Fisher would hold his tongue amid the Matt Barnes character attacks and then choose to respond to an innocuous comment from Rondo.

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