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April 23, 2014 Updates

One day after Steve Kerr said he “anticipates” speaking to Phil Jackson about the Knicks head-coaching job, Ron Harper told The Post he believes he will interview for a position with the Knicks, as well. Harper won NBA five titles under Jackson as a combo guard, playing five seasons in Chicago for the new Knicks team president and two seasons with the Lakers. He was also a teammate of Kerr’s in Chicago and Cleveland. 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.” New York Post

When asked about the status of star forward Carmelo Anthony, who will opt out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent, Jackson said he hopes Anthony sticks with what he has said in the past about willing to take less money to help give the team more flexibility. "If it's in the cards, man, are we fortunate," Jackson said. "If it's not in the cards, man, are we fortunate and we're going forward anyway." Newsday

Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Steve Kerr is a candidate to replace the recently fired Mike Woodson as the team's head coach. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Jackson said he is "looking for a leader" and that whoever the new coach is be must be "a forward thinker." Jackson said he and Kerr have a strong philosophical connection and that he planned to speak with him later this month to see if he's up to the job of coaching the Knicks. Jackson did not divulge the names of other possible candidates. Newsday

Al Iannazzone: Phil said "it's not a priority" to hire anyone in front office now. Mentioned Clarence Gaines Jr has been working for Knicks for 2 was. Twitter @Al_Iannazzone

A sleeper possibility in New York could be Tyronn Lue, who has been hailed as a future head coach by Alvin Gentry and played for Jackson. For Kerr, the bigger coaching allure has to be the potential of that Golden State job opening, so he could have a more talented team with the young star he once coveted and thought he landed in Phoenix — Stephen Curry. Arizona Republic

Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has already clashed with Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, over personnel decisions, the Daily News has learned. According to a team source, Jackson is looking to remove several staff members, which is commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees. New York Daily News

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