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Derrick Rose on Why He Went AWOL From The Knicks and How Phil Jackson Made Him Want to Retire From Basketball (Video)

Phil Jackson had a tumultuous tenure in the New York Knicks front office. In Derrick Rose’s new book “I’ll Show You,” he talks about some of the problems that arose with Jackson and the Knicks.

Rose brought up how Jackson was continuously pushing for the Knicks to run the triangle offense, despite not having the right personnel to run it effectively.

As for me, I liked Phil, but, come on, man, you’re still running the triangle? He was still forcing them to run it. I’m a slasher, a driving point guard. The triangle is okay, but not for the personnel we had. Melo couldn’t play that way, didn’t want to.”

Rose also discussed how Jackson trying to implement the triangle tied head coach Jeff Hornacek’s hands and couldn’t run the more up-tempo style that he wanted to run.

“Early on in the season, Phil really didn’t force anything. But as time went on, it converted all the way to the triangle, and we played through that almost the whole year. For the team we had, I think deep down [coach Jeff] Hornacek really wanted to play that more up-tempo style.”

Despite his disagreements with how Jackson wanted the Knicks to play, Rose said that Jackson and he got along well and he wishes he ould have remained a Knick longer.

Flip the page for the news video of when Rose went AWOL.

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