As the New York Knicks still await a decision from current TNT analyst Steve Kerr regarding their vacant head coaching position, Knicks president Phil Jackson is reportedly already looking to build a staff.
Cartwright’s ties to Kerr seem to be a strong indication that Kerr will be the team’s next head coach.
Cartwright, a former Knick center and longtime NBA assistant and head coach, was in New York last weekend to meet with Phil Jackson, according to a person close to Cartwright. Kerr was also in the city last weekend to talk to Jackson about the head coaching post, and it’s probable that Cartwright and Kerr met to discuss a key position on Kerr’s new staff.
“Bill wants to come work for the Knicks,” the source said.
Cartwright also told Frank Isola on SiriusXM NBA Radio recently that he would be open to working for the Knicks.
Kerr and Cartwright’s relationship goes back a long way.
Not only were they in Chicago at the same time with Cartwright serving as an assistant coach under Jackson while Kerr won a couple of rings in the late 90′s with the Bulls, but when Kerr took over the general manager duties in Phoenix, he hired Cartwright to be on the Suns’ coaching staff.
Cartwright has spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach in Chicago, New Jersey and Phoenix. He also figures to be a key member of Kerr’s staff if and when he takes the job as Cartwright has head coaching experience with the Bulls from 2001-04. Being that Kerr has no head coaching experience, Jackson is likely going to want to surround him with a former head coach or two.
However his Knicks’ ties make a return very interesting.
Cartwright was the Knicks first-round draft pick, being selected No. 3 overall, in 1979.