CALLING ALL PLAYERS WHO PLAYED UNDER PHIL JACKSON. THERE MAY BE A COACHING POSITION WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.
That’s at least how it feels as all former players for the New York Knicks president’s names are the only ones showing up in the New York Knicks coaching search now that Mike Woodson is a free man. Steve Kerr, who played and won with Jackson in Chicago, feels like the proverbial favorite for the job. Derek Fisher name has been thrown into the rumor mill as a possible candidate if he chooses to retire this summer. He won five rings with Phil in Los Angeles.
Now Ron Harper expects for a chance at the open seat.
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.”
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It’s unfair to say Harper doesn’t have a chance, but he seems like an unlikely choice at the position, only getting recognition because he won championships with Jackson. But his odds are extremely low. It just doesn’t seem like the right pick for the job and if Kerr isn’t available, Jackson will choose to go another route.
But coaching is likely the least of Jackson’s worries right now as he’s fighting to keep Carmelo Anthony in New York — and for a reasonable price — for the next few years of his career. Coaching will come second.