Ron Harper expects to interview for Knicks’ coaching vacancy


While Steve Kerr is the most obvious bet to become the Knicks’ next coach, someone wants to give the impression neither side is married to the other.

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

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

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.