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Challenges The Phil Jackson Triangle Challenge

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The Phil Jackson Triangle Challenge

This challenge was inspired by the watching the excellent "The Last Dance" doc on Netflix about the Bulls and Jordan. Well worth a watch..


Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, leading them to six NBA championships. He then coached the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011; the team won five NBA championships under his leadership. Jackson's 11 NBA titles as a coach surpassed the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He also holds the NBA record for the most combined championships, winning a total of 13 as a player and a coach.

The triangle offense is an offensive strategy used in basketball. Its basic ideas were initially established by Hall of Fame coach Sam Barry at the University of Southern California. His system was further developed by former Houston Rockets and Kansas State University basketball head coach Tex Winter, who played for Barry in the late 1940s. Winter later served as assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s and 1990s and for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2000s, mostly under head coach Phil Jackson.

Head coach Phil Jackson, with help from assistant coach Tex Winter, won 11 NBA Finals with the triangle offense. Jackson coached the Bulls from 1989–1998. He next served as the head coach of the Lakers twice, first from 1999–2004, and then from 2005–2011. The Chicago Bulls under Jackson won six championships in the 1990s playing in the triangle. His first three title-winning teams in Chicago featured superstars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Jackson's later three titles with the Bulls came with Jordan, Pippen, and fellow superstar Dennis Rodman. Jackson's Los Angeles Lakers won five championships employing the triangle. His first three Lakers championship squads fielded superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, while his last two title teams saw him pair Bryant with fellow All-Star Pau Gasol.

Challenge Details

  • Start any team in any MLS (Chicago if you want to be authentic)
  • The challenge will last three seasons.
  • You need to sign or select 3 US players to be your triangle. One DF, MF and FW. These players must play in their natural positions so no playing defenders in MR/ML or midfielders up front.
  • You will score points for goals and assists from these players only. The totals will be calculated minus the PPG (points per game) of their equivalent hoop star.
  • Other transfers allowed.
  • Usual other rules.

Season 1
Jordan (Striker) Total Assists & Goals - PPG 30.4 (e.g 50 goals scored - 30.4 = 19.6 points)
Pippen (Midfielder) Total Assists & Goals - 19.4
Rodman (Defender) Total Goals & Assists - 5.5

Or add all the goals and assists by your players score then minus 55.3 to get your seasonal score.

Season 2
Jordan (Striker) - 29.6
Pippen (Midfielder) - 20.2
Rodman (Defender) - 5.7

Or add all the goals and assists by your players score then minus 55.5 to get your seasonal score.

Season 3
Jordan (Striker) - 28.7
Pippen (Midfielder) - 19.1
Rodman (Defender) - 4.7

Or add all the goals and assists by your players score then minus 52.5 to get your seasonal score.

SEASONAL BONUS - 50 points per season for all three players named in Team of the Year, must be all three.





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