Dwyane Wade Makes Big Claim on Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls’ Epic Triangle Offense: “It’s Not About the Offense, It’s About the Mindset”

Published 12/26/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan


Like any other team sport, the Chicago Bulls complemented Michael Jordan in his individual success and personal records. The franchise set up a talented team to complement Jordan’s world-class capabilities. At the same time, they also focused on tactics to win individual games. Recently, a former NBA player analyzed the Bulls’ play style.

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Former NBA star Dwyane Wade provided an in-depth analysis of the Bulls’ tactics on a video on ‘WIRED’. Wade’s analysis explains why Michael Jordan and other star players at the Bulls excelled at their roles. He also mentioned the unique mentality that certain players had, to make this type of offense work without any issues.

A fan questioned Wade if “the triangle offense as a primary motion offense” could work in the NBA today.

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Wade answered, “I do, I actually do. To me, it’s not about the offense, it’s about the mindset of the players in the offense. It’s an offense that’s set up for a lot of movement, a certain talent of individuals. So if you have the right team, if you have the right personnel, 100%.”

Jordan had ample superstar hands on the Bulls to share his burden with. Players like Scottie Pippen and later Dennis Rodman helped Jordan and the Bulls succeed. In addition to this, the Bulls hired Hall of Famer Phil Jackson to coach the star-studded Bulls roster and guide them to glory.

Wade spent most of his career at the Miami Heat winning three NBA titles. He enjoyed a short stint at the Bulls. Jordan played with the Bulls until 1998 with a few retirement spells sprinkled in between since being selected by the Bulls in the 1984 NBA draft.

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Michael Jordan and the Bulls coached by Phil Jackson’s triangle offense

Phil Jackson used the triangle offense to coach the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. The triangle offense does not hold stock anymore in the current NBA play styles but was used effectively by the Bulls in the 90s under Jackson. Jackson himself borrowed this idea from Ted Winter, who served as an assistant coach with the Bulls.

Phil Jackson And Michael Jordan Lift Trophies After Winning Their Sixth Straight Nba Title. (Photo By Tom Smart/Getty Images)

Though Jordan complained about playing under the triangle offense system at first, he soon adapted and warmed up to it. Jordan commented after Winter’s demise saying, “His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships.” As history proved, the Bulls optimized this system and it resulted in Jordan leading them to six NBA titles.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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