Report: Phil Jackson Eyes Bill Cartwright for Knicks Assistant Coaching Position

April 29th, 2014 by Joe Flynn Leave a reply »
New York Knicks president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson, is in the process of building a coaching staff, and he might be close to bringing a familiar face back to MSG.

Per Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, Jackson confidant and former Knicks big man, Bill Cartwright, has already interviewed for an assistant coach position.

"Bill wants to come work for the Knicks,'' a source close to Cartwright told Lawrence. 

Cartwright played his first eight seasons with the Knicks, making his first and only All-Star Team as a rookie in 1979-80. He was a key component of the Bernard King teams of the early '80s, before a foot injury cost him the entire 1984-85 season.

With their starting center on the shelf, New York lost enough games that year to fall in the 1985 draft lottery, hit the No. 1 overall pick and select Georgetown center Patrick Ewing.

Cartwright was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1988 for another beloved Knick, Charles Oakley. He was the starting center for Phil Jackson's first three title-winning Bulls teams, and he played his last two seasons in Chicago with a young jump-shooter named Steve Kerr ...

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