If Phil Jackson were to pick up the phone and offer a former New York Knicks All-Star the head coaching job, would he listen?
Bill Cartwright, who played for the Knicks from 1979 to 1988, joined SiriusXM NBA Radio Monday to talk about the Knicks new president of basketball operations. Naturally, host Frank Isola couldn’t resist asking whether Cartwright, who coached the Bulls for 151 games in the early 2000s, would entertain the idea of returning to the bench, should Jackson ask.
“I’m open, babe,” Cartwright quickly responded.
Cartwright told Isola that Jackson’s return to the league wasn’t a surprise.
“Phil’s a very active guy,” Cartwright said. “I don’t think you’re going to meet a more competitive guy. He loves a challenge. I think he believes he has been ready for this for a long time. And I’m sure he looks forward to the challenge. It’s gonna be a great undertaking. It’s on the biggest stage, really, on the planet. Phil spent a lot of time in New York, obviously. I know he likes it out there. So I’m sure, like I said, he’s gonna feel very comfortable, and he’s looking forward to the challenge.