On Wednesday, Phil Jackson spoke with the media and though he didn’t reveal all too much about his plans in the near future, the thirteen-time NBA champion did acknowledge that he will speak with former Bulls’ sharpshooter Steve Kerr about the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy.
But as Jackson looks to surround himself with familiar and/or successful faces in hopes of building something special in the Big Apple, a few of his past Bulls and/or Lakers disciples are waiting by the phone.
Among those waiting and/or campaigning includes Ron Harper, the former Bulls’ championship winning floor general who now lives in New Jersey. According to the New York Post, Harper actually expects to interview for New York’s head coaching job, let alone one as an assistant.
Former Knicks’ point guard turned long-time Jackson assistant coach Jim Cleamons is also someone who would love to return to New York in some capacity, also according to The Post.
Bill Wennington, a St. John’s University alum who turned up on a some of the Bulls’ championship winning teams, believes Jackson and Kerr in New York would prove to be a winning combo, according to Newsday. What’s more, he is also said to have an interest in coaching. Could he fill a role under Kerr next season?
Bill Cartwright, a former Knicks/Bulls center who has served in a number of coaching capacities in recent years both in the NBA and overseas, recently said in an interview with Frank Isola on SiriusXM that he’d be interested in interviewing for New York’s head coaching job.
And for what it’s worth, former Bulls’ sixth man Toni Kukoc has also praised Kerr as a potential head coach in recent weeks. Could he, too, be indirectly campaigning for a potential role for himself to follow?
In any event, it’s safe to say Jackson will have plenty of supporters raring to go, if he so desires.