Bill Cartwright waiting for Phil Jackson’s next move

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

It’s only a matter of time before Phil Jackson begins to put his own stamp on the Knicks in hopes of leading them back to greatness. With that in mind, everyone is awaiting his first major move, which, presumedly, will be filling New York’s head coaching vacancy.

There are a handful of candidates out there, many of whom happen to be included in Jackson’s core group of confidants or past players.

bill cartwright“The only thing a guy like me is doing, is waiting for Phil and his group, to make a decision” Bill Cartwright, a former Bulls and Knicks big man who went on to win three NBA championships in Chicago, recently told The Knicks Blog and SNY.tv. “We know each other really well and we understand Phil has a big task. It’s an exciting task. So we’re just waiting to see what happens.”

Dating back to Steve Kerr’s initial candidacy for the Knicks’ head coaching position, there’s been speculation that Cartwright could be brought in as an assistant (New York Daily News, April 29).

Still, should Jackson and the Knicks ultimately decide they want someone with a bit more experience at the helm, Cartwright could be their man. In addition to winning titles as a player, Cartwright has served in different coaching capacities over the last decade plus, both in the NBA and overseas. What’s more, he also coached Amar’e Stoudemire while the two were together with the Phoenix Suns.

Given his time, experience, and past success in The Association, one could argue that Cartwright is also qualified to lead a team once again as well. Such a sentiment is one he seems to agree with.

“I’ve been around the league for thirty years. I’m familiar with different styles of play and how to build a team. I’ve been a head coach and an assistant,” Cartwright said. “I’ve been exposed to different coaching styles, from Red Holzman, to Hubie Brown, Rick Pitino, Doug Collins, George Karl, in addition to Phil. I would say I know the league and its players really well. We all know the Knicks represent New York, so there’s a certain style of play that goes there. It goes back to the days when they were winning championships.”

By now, it’s well understood that Jackson wants to bring those who have previous experience with the triangle offense into his Big Apple fold to help the Knicks. Having said that, however, Cartwright asserts that the success of his former coach’s teams could be attributed to much more than just the triangle.

“I don’t get so enamored in the triangle offense. Basketball wise, it has a name. I think that’s why people are so enamored with it,” he added. “The big thing about Phil’s teams, including our Bulls and his Lakers’ teams, was that we played hard. Those teams played good defense. Whatever your system is offensively, whether it’s the triangle or whatever, it’s has to be solid. It has to have pressure releases. Players have to understand what they need to do in certain situations to be successful. That, to me, is more important than anything else.”

For now, Cartwright, like everyone else, will await Jackson’s next move.




134 comments
Chris
Chris

The 30 point difference is simple. Pop started Bonner, put him on the perimeter and went 4 out, took Ibaka away from the basket and opened up the driving lanes. Once they got the lead, the Thunder collapsed 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Phil Jackson to get turned down ONCE AGAIN?


Regarding Derek Fisher, certainly a more novel option given his lack of coaching experience, two people told me on Tuesday not to expect him to become the next Lakers head coach, which is no surprise. Fisher has always been unsure about the grinding life of a coach. -

1harris1
1harris1

Does Dolan get any credit with the Rangers now being in the Cup finals? I understand the Knicks are a different animal, but I have a feeling that the folks usually chirping about Dolan "will never win anything" are probably quiet tonight.

Lupica and Isola must be dying.

brookdon
brookdon

@ramonashelburne: Espn has learned that experts had declared Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated, leaving Shelly as sole trustee & power to sell the team

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Just me or does OKC seem to get more "home calls" than other teams?  Always felt that way about OKC and BK (though I'm probably biased in the latter case).

knicktap3
knicktap3

Marv albert taking shots at steve kerr

theking
theking

Yo akamarb thunder still looking good or nah?

theking
theking

past two years diaw has been playing like a star (in the playoffs)

brookdon
brookdon

I absolutely love how the Spurs play basketball. I wish we could get Pop here somehow.

brookdon
brookdon

I swear, whenever shots go in announcers try to pin it on ball movement. Tony Parker hits two shots because thunder PG's continuously decide to go under the screen for some reason and Marv Albert talks about how the Spurs have returned to the ball movement from game 1 and 2

brookdon
brookdon

SMH at that flop by Mills. This is disgusting.

brookdon
brookdon

Pop adjusted. Pulled Ibaka out of the paint.

As Barkley noted, Brooks had bad rotations tonight. Played Westbrook, Jackson, and Durant together too much leaving no firepower when they inevitable had to sit.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@knicktap3

MFer was taking shots at the Knicks when he was talking to Kerr...eff that dude.


(I don't care if what he was saying was true, lol)

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @1harris1 It's been reported in the past that the Rangers actually were Dolan's favorite toy, but since the Knicks own NY and will always be in the spotlight and draw more interest, tht it was the perfect place for him to step in and make some noise...

1harris1
1harris1

Maybe so, but plenty of people complained for years about Sather, and how Dolan was "too stubborn" or "too loyal" to him. How's that working out this year?

Maybe Guitar Jimmy can treat Phil the same way (provided of course that Jackson is up to the task). We'll see. Nobody is complaining about the "toxic" environment of MSG tonight, though.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint They found a whole new gear in the post season.

And HL, wow.... World Class keeper doesn't begin to describe what he's done.


theking
theking

@Sandro Guedes @theking  damn really? last year he was deemed the LeBron stopper on TKB. I can admit he was playing LeBron very well last year

RivDim
RivDim

@1harris1 This mantra that Jim Dolan is the only owner involved in making or vetoing decisions with major financial or structural implications is a media fiction. It's a tactic employed by a disgruntled NY media aimed at getting Dolan to loosen up on his tight media restrictions at MSG. Anyone who truly believes otherwise is just naive, gullible and ignorant as to how the business of sports truly operates.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay Imo, it's a huge reflection of 2 things:

1. Coaches being on different stratospheres

2. Discipline and savvy vs Energetic youth without a true north (which, really, is very much related to #1). 

brookdon
brookdon

Remember pre trade when Andray Blatche had a double double against stat in the first quarter? Lol

brookdon
brookdon

lol I 100% agree RivDim. Dolan has done a lot of stupid things and is by no means a great owner in regards to decision making, but this boogie man persona that he is perpetuated with is hilarious.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint St Louis' tragedy and his courage definitely gave the team that emotional ride. 

You can tell they're really playing for each other, completely synchronized. It brought them together.

Even those who haven't played like expected, like Nash for instance, have made up for in other areas (penatly kill, defense, team play, etc).

Marty had a rough time early, but found his groove against Montreal. 

In terms of spirit and fight, this team has more than enough to win it all.

But it'll tough no matter what.


Fun as hell though.

theking
theking

Lol awe man. Or how many time we had a big lead until stat came in the game

brookdon
brookdon

Comon, he was AWFUL in Charlotte. No one saw that coming. Only Pop could do this to a player.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@brookdon It's NY, negative media will always sell more than positive news or pieces about individuals.

Look at the "love" Melo has received both from media and fans alike.

Imagine how everyone would respond should Melo take those 50 footer pull up 3's Durant loves to attempt.... It'd be chaos.


Dolan's hurt this team for years and years, but his mistakes have placed him under a scope that's made him out to be a worse owner that he truly is.

This offseason we've seen plenty of examples of embarassing owners, cheap management, unappreciative owners, et al.


Puts things in perspecitve.

RivDim
RivDim

No owner is perfect. Dolan has made his mistakes. But he is always willing to spend as much as the salary cap allows. And that alone makes him better than most.

However the one incident mostly cited as evidence of Dolan's meddling ways was his 'takeover' of the Melo negotiations with Denver. This story has first of all has been emphatically denied by Donnie Walsh on numerous occasions. Secondly no one talks about how Walsh rejected an earlier trade offer from Denver involving Melo that would have spared Mozgov from being included. Finally If it's true that Walsh preferred to trade for Deron Williams' inflamed ankles to pair with Amare's fractured knee cap at the request of his awesome head coach hire, Mike _Antoni, praise The Lord for Dolan's meddlesome ways.

RivDim
RivDim

@Knicks_Fanatic In case you didn't realize it, most teams eventually fire their coaches.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@RivDim 

Of course, not many have to sue the owner to get paid like Larry Brown did. Not many subject their franchise to sex scandals like Isiah did. And then not many quit like Van Gundy and D'Antoni did. You have to admit, it's quite the unusual history between Dolan and his coaches.


As David Stern said, They are not an example of intelligent management.

Chris
Chris

@Knicks_Fanatic @RivDim Van Gundy quit to save his marriage He was fooling around with the Asian chick that used to sit at the scorers table, wify found out and gave him a choice