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Report: Phil Jackson targeting Bill Cartwright to fill position on Knicks coaching staff

Apr 29, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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In his new role as president of basketball operations with the Knicks, it’s no secret that Phil Jackson will be employing people that he trusts, and who have at least a cursory knowledge of the triangle offense.

Steve Kerr is the primary target for the head coaching spot, and one of Kerr’s teammates appears to be in line for a position on his staff if Jackson’s plan comes together.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Bill Cartwright met with Knicks president Phil Jackson on Sunday and Monday to discuss taking a position on the Knicks’ coaching staff, a league source confirmed.

Cartwright, who played for Jackson in Chicago and served as an assistant and head coach with the Bulls, could be added as an assistant under potential head coach Steve Kerr. …

Kerr also hired Cartwright as an assistant coach with Phoenix during his term as general manager. Cartwright’s meeting with Jackson was first reported by the New York Daily News.

If it ends up happening, this wouldn’t be simply hiring a familiar face, as Cartwright has put in the work. He has 13 seasons worth of assistant coaching experience, and has worked with current Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire when the two were with the Suns in Phoenix.

Cartwright would be a somewhat obvious choice as an addition to Jackson’s Knicks coaching staff, especially under Kerr. The important thing to note in all of this is that Jackson is tapping his own people, and trying to put them in place as soon as possible in order to begin to turn the Knicks around.

  1. campcouch - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I’ll wager that Kerr wouldn’t argue,but shouldn’t the coach decide who he wants on his staff?

  2. rodge1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Cartwright is going to teach them his sweet free-throw stroke.

  3. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Bill Cartwright attempted to coach in the NBA once before (Da Bulls). He wasn’t very good & I think Phil is reaching a little too far here. It’s gotta be someone who knows the triangle. Who better than Phil Jackson himself. Hire yourself Phil.

  4. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Ok so I admit I didn’t read the article until after I wrote my comment. If Kerr gets hired then Cartwright would make a good bench coach I guess. I still think Phil needs to coach this team in order for it to be successful. Then pull a page from Pat Riley’s handbook & hand it down.

  5. realfootballfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Back when they were having those epic 7 game series in the 90’s, what Knick fan could have predicted Phil Jackson would be styled as your savior with him bringing in all of his old players that used to deny you championships every year? Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morrisette would have said?

    • sonnysuave - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Lol! Nice!

  6. sportsfan18 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Well, even God couldn’t get Lamar to play the way Phil want’s him to play…

    Coaches ARE important… no doubt…

    Talent in the pro ranks is MORE important than the coaches…

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