Derek Fisher said it is "challenging" and "difficult" to run the triangle offense in the modern NBA due to less practice time.
Kurt Rambis disputed the notion, saying Fisher tried to deviate too much during training camp, teaching a one-guard front instead of the two-guard front.
“If you want to learn something and truly learn something, you have to immerse yourself in it. We didn’t fully immerse ourselves into practicing it, developing it, learning how to work with it, going through the breakdown drills to execute it properly. We skirted over things.
“The real learning process of it didn’t have enough time to take place. We also didn’t allow the players the kind of time it needs in terms of putting in the time to get comfortable with it. Then you get into the season, when we weren’t scrimmaging a lot, practicing a lot. You need those days and times.”
On Wednesday, Fisher said, “That extra time isn’t there like it used to be. It’s difficult to implement a system that requires so much terminology-wise, specific skill-set-wise, and it’s not impossible to do it. But I think it makes it more challenging for a team to develop during the course of the season compared to other teams who aren’t asking that of their players.”
“First off, it’s not difficult,’’ Rambis said. “Like learning anything new, you have to open your mind and be receptive. That’s a huge part of it. Phil and Tex [Winter] always felt it takes players, regardless of who they are, a good year of when you’re staying in it and executing to get to a point to really understanding the nuances of it when you stop thinking about it. I wouldn’t say it’s difficult.’’