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Ron Harper expects to interview for Knicks’ coaching vacancy

Apr 23, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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While Steve Kerr is the most obvious bet to become the Knicks’ next coach, someone wants to give the impression neither side is married to the other.

In theory, Ron Harper – who played for Phil Jackson with the Bulls and Lakers – helps with that.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

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.

  1. rrhoe - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    And what effect did he have on Detroit…..

  2. bubbalynch - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    His stuttering alone is grounds for not getting hired! Just saying

    • R. Edmond - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      I was going to bring up his stuttering to. I remember him having a speech impediment when I was a bulls fan growing up.

      It’s possible that he’s fixed the issue.

    • campcouch - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Yeah,he had it bad as a Cavalier,but he’s gone through speech training and it has improved greatly.

    • davidly - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:39 AM

      The nature of stuttering is such that it would not inhibit in-game coaching. Interviews, maybe, and longer speeches, but drawing up plays and giving instructions operates a level of focus that stuttering doesn’t traditionally affect.

  3. ravenswhat - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Those TV timeouts would be great for revenue. They would have to book 10 mins of commercial time for Ron to get through one play!

  4. mackcarrington - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    Why not mention everyone Phil has ever coached as a candidate?

    • davidly - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:44 AM

      That’s what I was thinking. I guess this is the result of Internet and blooging: an endless stream of speculation and media driven embellishment that makes the days of the big city newspaper biz blush.


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