Jackson, Cartwright talk assistant job

NEW YORK -- Bill Cartwright met with Knicks president Phil Jackson on Sunday and Monday to discuss taking a position on the Knicks' coaching staff, a league source confirmed.

Cartwright, who played for Jackson in Chicago and served as an assistant and head coach with the Bulls, could be added as an assistant under potential head coach Steve Kerr.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Tuesday that the Knicks are trying to complete a deal with Kerr that would install him as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

Kerr and Cartwright played together for two seasons in Chicago and Cartwright was an assistant during Kerr's playing days with the Bulls.

Kerr also hired Cartwright as an assistant coach with Phoenix during his term as general manager. Cartwright's meeting with Jackson was first reported by the New York Daily News.

Cartwright worked extensively with Amar'e Stoudemire for two seasons in Phoenix. In all, he has been an assistant in the NBA for 13 seasons. He was drafted by the Knicks in 1979 and traded in 1988 in a deal that included then-Bull Charles Oakley.

Cartwright could be seen as a replacement for big-man coach Herb Williams, who was fired along with Mike Woodson and the rest of his staff last Monday.

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