Over the course of the Knicks' 2-4 season so far, there have been plenty of discrepancies. While they boast quite a talented group, the offense has been inconsistent and there has been too much miscommunication on the defensive end.
Regardless of the reason, the team's early struggles are clearly disconcerting. As fate would have it, the inability to compete has also given Phil Jackson ground to stand on. The Knicks are off to a bad start, and they just so happen not to be running (or properly executing) much of the triangle offense, either. Because these two things happen to be going on at the same time, Jackson can emerge back atop his soapbox and appear to seem justified. It's his belief that the triangle offense leads to success. If the Knicks are losing and aren't carrying out the triangle to Jackson's liking, he believes that must be why.
That's the problem. The more New York continues to falter, the more Jackson can preach that the triangle is the key to stopping the bleeding. Of course, that's not necessarily true.
Throughout his Knicks' tenure, Jackson has proven to be quite the imposing presence. He's certainly one that is difficult to tune out. But to a certain extent, that's exactly what Hornacek and the team needs to do as they find their way.
New York had various defensive letdowns against the Jazz on Sunday. Anyone watching this team closely enough this season can tell they have more problems on that end of the floor. What they can do defensively a nightly basis remains to be seen. Joakim Noah has the potential to serve as the anchor, but much of that stems from his potential to lead. Noah needs to be more vocal and shout things out so that his teammates follow suit. The communication hasn't been there and the Knicks have had difficulty switching and maintaining man-to-man coverage.
That's the key to shoring up the team's defensive woes. The Knicks have already shown a potential to be a stellar offensive team --- there just has to be a greater level of consistency. Derrick Rose needs to keep attacking the basket. He and Brandon Jennings need to continue looking for Kristaps Porzingis. As the floor generals do their jobs, their teammates need to move better without the ball.
These are potential solutions for the Knicks to begin competing at a much higher level. Coincidentally, none of the aforementioned observations specifically pertain to the triangle offense. If Hornacek and Co. can find a way to win, it won't matter how they do go about doing it. If New York is putting together victories, Jackson won't be in position to argue chosen strategy.