Phil Jackson interviewed Bill Cartwright, possibly as the top assistant for Steve Kerr (Lawrence, April 30).
The former Knick and NBA coach interviewed with Jackson last week, according to the report.
When asked by Daily News Knicks writer Frank Isola on SiriusXM NBA Radio two weeks ago about possibly working for Jackson, Cartwright said: “I’m open, babe.”
Cartwright was the head coach of the Bulls for three seasons after serving as an assistant coach under Jackson for many years. He was also an assistant coach with the Nets and Suns.
Rumors are swirling that Kerr could leave his broadcasting job after the first round of the playoffs to become the head coach of the Knicks (Begley, April 29).
Harris DeckerWhat’s really funny about this coaching search is that the head coach is not actually in place and Phil Jackson is already interviewing potential assistant coaches. It doesn’t seem like there was an interview conducted with a second candidate and instead the Knicks will move forward with Kerr. It’s just an odd situation.
What I love about Cartwright is the Jackson connection. If I was putting together a group coaches and players, I’d want it to resemble Jackson’s former teams. Those teams were dynasties and the hope is that Jackson is able to build one in New York. If he feels Kerr and Cartwright are the two that can get the job done, I’m fully in support of that decision.