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