L.A. trades triangle for pick-and-roll

Updated: May 14, 2004, 12:55 PM ET
By Terry Brown | ESPN Insider
It was supposed to be the perfect offense for the perfect game, executed by the perfect players -- or as close to perfect as four future Hall of Famers could get.

But it collapsed under the weight of its own requirements.

"The triangle is no longer a valid offense," a Western Conference scout said of Phil Jackson's famous offense. "To run it, you've got to have players who are able to make reads and make passes, and today's players are not intelligent enough to do it. Their basketball IQs are not high enough, and their skills are not developed enough, and you need five guys to do it."