Bill Cartwright spent eight seasons playing for the Knicks and was a three-time champion for the Bulls while playing for head coach Phil Jackson.
And, if he's able to, Cartwright says he'd like to combine those two connections and find himself back on an NBA bench.
Cartwright spoke with CSN and said that if Jackson, the Knicks president, and first-year head coach Derek Fisher ask him to join Fisher's staff he'd be more than willing to accept the offer.
"I know that Phil allows his people to make their own decisions, and if that would work out I'd welcome that," Cartwright said. "If not, I have plenty to do. I do dabble to stay pretty busy, so I'm open to all possibilities."
Last month Bleacher Report's Howard Beck listed Cartwright as an option for Fisher's staff.
Fisher's staff is very likely to include Kurt Rambis. Others in mix: Rick Fox, Luke Walton, Bill Cartwright.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 9, 2014
Cartwright was the third overall pick by the Knicks in the 1979 NBA Draft. He joined the Bulls in 1988, where he played until 1994 when he finished his career out with one year in Seattle. He got his first and only NBA coaching gig with the Bulls in 2001 under Tim Floyd, and he took over as the interim head coach when Floyd was fired on Christmas Eve. Cartwright compiled a 51-100 record before he was fired in November 2003.
Cartwright has also coached as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets (2004) and Phoenix Suns (2008).