Bill Cartwright Rumors
The retired Chicago Bulls center Bill Cartwright was named the coach of Mexico’s national basketball team. Cartwright, 57, played 16 seasons in the N.B.A. and was part of the Bulls squad that won three straight titles between 1991-1993. After retiring, he joined Phil Jackson’s coaching staff as an assistant, helping to guide the Bulls to 1997 and 1998 titles.
Mexico named Bill Cartwright head coach of the National Team. Cartwright has experiences in the NBA as assistant coach and in Japan. Cartwright replaces Sergio Valdeolmillos.
Fisher’s coaching staff is expected to include Bill Cartwright and Kurt Rambis, sources told Yahoo Sports.
“Just email, but nothing (more),” Cartwright told the News of his interaction with Jackson. “We’re waiting for them to make a decision, obviously about the head coach and there’s nothing going on.”
Walking back to his Manhattan hotel on Saturday after an event in the city organized by the networking company Thuzio, which he said also involved J.R. Smith, Cartwright told the Daily News he’s been in recent contact with Jackson and is in the running to land on the Golden State Warriors bench. But he was tight lipped about everything else.
Jackson’s plan, according to a source, would be to assemble an experienced staff around Fisher which could potentially include Kurt Rambis and Bill Cartwright, two former NBA head coaches. Jackson thinks highly of Rambis, the long-time Lakers assistant, and there is a possibility that Rambis could be hired as a head coach.
Former Knicks center Bill Cartwright has head coaching experience, but he had been a candidate to be an assistant under Kerr. Cartwright has been in contact with Jackson.
Bill Cartwright is another candidate for a position on the Knicks’ bench. He talked to Jackson about taking a position late last week. “I’ve been in contact with Phil and hopefully that works out the right way,” Cartwright said on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I’m a big believer. In my life I’m kind of guided to where I’m supposed to be and if I’m supposed to be there, I’ll be there.”
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.
In a move that suggests that Steve Kerr is close to taking the Knicks’ head coaching job, Bill Cartwright has emerged as Kerr’s first lieutenant after interviewing for an assistant coach’s position with the team, the Daily News has learned. Cartwright, a former Knick center and long-time NBA assistant coach and head coach, was in New York last weekend to meet with Phil Jackson, according to a person close to Cartwright. Kerr was also in the city last weekend to talk to Jackson about the head coaching post, and it’s probable that Cartwright and Kerr met to discuss a key position on Kerr’s new staff. “Bill wants to come work for the Knicks,” the source said.
Bill Cartwright: I really didn’t notice any big distinctions (other than the language barrier) in coaching the players in Japan from the NBA. The Japanese players all want the same things that the non-Japanese players want: playing time. They want to score and they don’t want to be blamed for anything. Probably the biggest difference is Japanese players will rarely show or tell you how they feel. No one is demanding to be traded.
Cartwright is the second former NBA head coach to be put in charge of a team in Japan’s professional league. Bob Hill, who coached Cartwright in 1986-87, guided the now-defunct Tokyo Apache during the 2010-11 campaign. Cartwright says he’ll be with Osaka until the end of the season and then decide what he’ll do next. “You never know,” Cartwright said. “If you had told me in January that I would be over here I would have said you are crazy. I am a basketball coach, I know that, so I’ll be coaching somewhere.”
Cartwright, whose lone pro head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls ended in 2003, repeatedly tells the players “we need to have more of a defensive-first approach,” Rickert said, relaying his mentor’s message. “That’s how we are going to win games.” Inconsistent defense has been one problem during the team’s rocky season. “Some games we play good defense, and some games we don’t,” admitted Rickert.
With 12 games in the books since Bill Cartwright took over as the Osaka Evessa’s new head coach, his message at the gym, wherever practices and games are held, has been simple and constant. Cartwright preaches “defense, defense, defense,” Evessa big man Rick Rickert told Hoop Scoop in a recent telephone interview. The Evessa are very much a work in progress, but at 6-6 (entering this weekend) since Cartwright became the second former NBA head coach to lead a bj-league team — ex-Tokyo Apache bench boss Bob Hill was the first — there are some positive signs to build off. After all, the Evessa were in complete disarray throughout most of their first 24 games (19 defeats).
Former NBA player and coach Bill Cartwright has been hired as coach of the Osaka Evessa in Japan’s professional basketball league. Cartwright coached the Chicago Bulls from 2001-03. Osaka announced Tuesday he would guide the team for the rest of the 2013 season.
Cartwright became the lead assistant when Porter was fired that season and he remained in that role until last year, when Elston Turner became the lead assistant upon being hired to retool the Suns defense.
After four seasons with the Suns, assistant coach Bill Cartwright’s contract will not be renewed. Cartwright was hired by then-General Manager Steve Kerr, a former teammate, and then-coach Terry Porter in 2008 to help Amar’e Stoudemire’s defense, rebounding and post-up game.
The Bulls are hosting a reunion of the 1991 championship team on Saturday at the United Center. One starter who is not expected to attend is center Bill Cartwright. Cartwright is an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. They have a home game Sunday afternoon against Orlando, so it would be a challenge for him to get to Chicago and back. Coach Phil Jackson also has a previous engagement. The Lakers are playing in Dallas on Saturday night, while the Bulls are hosting Utah.