The New York Knicks are still interested in talking to Bob Ferry about becoming general manager of the NBA team, sources said yesterday.
Sources said the Knicks originally wanted to interview Ferry, general manager of the Washington Bullets, about four to six weeks ago, but were denied permission to do so by team owner Abe Pollin.
Now that the draft is over, the Knicks are making another effort to interview Ferry. A source said the Knicks recently called Ferry to see if he were interested in talking with them. The source said Ferry indicated he was interested in talking about the job.
But Ferry, in a telephone interview, said, "I haven't talked to the Knicks." Asked if he were interested in talking with them, Ferry said, "I can't comment on that because I don't know what's going on. Everything's newspaper talk. I don't know one thing about it."
Ferry said he was aware Pollin had denied the Knicks permission to talk to him "about a month ago" but that he and the owner had not discussed the issue lately.
It could not be determined yesterday whether the Knicks again have contacted Pollin or received permission to interview Ferry, Washington's general manager for the past 13 seasons and the man who has conducted their drafting since his days as a team scout in 1967.
Pollin did not return phone calls yesterday and a Knicks spokesman said the team was not commenting on its search for a new coach and a new general manager. Richard Evans, the president of Madison Square Garden Corp., who is conducting the search, was not available for comment.
Both jobs have been open since the end of the season when Scotty Stirling was fired as general manager and Bob Hill as coach. Hill replaced Hubie Brown in midseason.
A number of names have been linked to both jobs, but college coaches such as Rick Pitino of Providence and Larry Brown of Kansas have removed their names from consideration.