In the season and a half that Ron Artest has played in Los Angeles, he’s been called many things by media and fans alike; ‘Triangle Offense Guru’ isn’t one of them.
Phil Jackson had a rather strange (but considering it’s Phil, not so strange) comment to make regarding Artest’s grasp of the offense after Tuesday nights 90-78 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves:
“He’s probably a little better at it than Kobe [Bryant] is, because Kobe ignores the offense,”
If you have a feel for Jackson’s intensions — it doesn’t take much to realize that he’s taking a jab at Kobe, as opposed to complimenting Artest’s understanding of the triangle; an offense that Kobe has been running for about a decade of his career.
With that said, this had much ado about nothing. Jackson’s comments tend to be a bit lighthearted at times; it’s hard to read into his sense of humor when in quotes. None the less, noteworthy.