Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
In a conference call to promote TNT's NBA coverage, Shaquille O'Neal said Knicks players failed to buy into ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson's triangle system of offense: "I think Phil went wrong in believing the mindset of these players would believe in him and his system for the triangle,'' said O'Neal, who won three titles with Jackson in Los Angeles. "I've said many times, the triangle worked. Guys have always tried to debate it as: Of course it worked with Shaq and Kobe and Mike and Scottie but Carmelo [Anthony] got [Kristaps] Porzingis and some role players. I think if they would've bought into the system, it would've been much different. But they never bought into the system." O'Neal also said Jackson's decision to trade for Derrick Rose and sign Joakim Noah last year were risks worth taking. The Knicks finished the season with 31 wins.