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Dennis Rodman Knicks Critique Not Diplomatic on New Coach

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In this photo, Dennis Rodman is sean at FOX Studios on December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 11:28 AM

Dennis Rodman turned basketball critic while evaluating the New York Knicks' poor start this season, saying that while general manager Phil Jackson is disappointed he probably won't insert himself as coach.

Rodman made the comments while at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse for a Steiner Sports collectibles launch, according to the New York Post, saying Jackson must "feel like s***" about the team's 4-20 start. He then launched into Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

"I think he just feels that 'I came here to do a great job and revitalize the city of New York.,'" said Rodman, who won three NBA championships with Jackson in Chicago. "He didn't expect this. You came to be the savior, then you went and got Derek Fisher? Oh, really? Is he coaching? Is Derek Fisher coaching? I don't get it. I don't know what's up with that team. You got Carmelo, and after that who else do you got?"

Rodman discussed Jackson's famed triangle offense that helped him win NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers and wondered aloud why it wasn't being utilized by the Knicks, according to Newsday.

"They're not running the triangle," Rodman said. "I know Phil is trying to throw his input in the background but who expected this from Phil? They expected him, we're going to give you $15 million a year for the next six years and this team is – wow – they might not even make the playoffs."

Rodman said he learned the triangle offense in "about 15 minutes" but said it required players carrying out their roles to make it work.

"Phil Jackson did that with Michael Jordan at the beginning and guess what happened? He put a team around Michael Jordan and everybody fit right in," Rodman said. "Everyone knew who the boss was, that was him, Michael Jordan. Everybody knew who Kobe [Bryant] was. Kobe and Shaq [Shaquille O'Neal], they played their roles. Who is the man here in New York besides Carmelo? Nobody wants to play together with Carmelo, it seems like."

Fisher dismissed Rodman's comments, according to the Post.

"It doesn’t impact my day at all," Fisher told the tabloid.

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