Apr 23, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT
In theory, Ron Harper – who played for Phil Jackson with the Bulls and Lakers – helps with that.
Harper said he has texted with Jackson a few times since he got the Knicks job.“I would expect so,” Harper said of interviewing for a coaching job. “A few guys are expecting to hear from him. We’re in a wait-and-see mode. Whatever he needs me to do, I will do. He knows that.”
Harper spent two seasons as a Flip Saunders assistant, and according to Berman, “works part-time for the NBA doing overseas camps and also helps run a basketball program called Overtime Sports in New Jersey.” It’s a step up from Tire World, but Harper’s experience doesn’t lend itself to a major-league search.By comparison, Kerr – who has even less coaching experience – looks pretty good. He’s spent more serious time around an NBA team after retiring as a player, general managing the Phoenix Suns.If Jackson wants to hire Kerr but also feels he should (or is directed to) hire the best of a pool of candidates, Jackson is succeeding. He’s just rigging the sample.
- Ray Allen: “I won’t officially retire” 16
- Report: Adidas makes $200 million offer to James Harden 22
- Jahlil Okafor: “Rookie of the Year is one of the goals I set for myself” 15
- Report: Derrick Rose undecided about attending Team USA minicamp 9
- Report: Pacers planning to purchase D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants 4
- Report: Hawks’ Mike Scott told police after arrest all drugs in car were his 17
- NBA lands in Africa trying to put down roots, which is all about youth programs, infrastructure 1
- Report: Kings expected to hire Nancy Lieberman as assistant coach 9