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Report: Steve Kerr the ‘frontrunner’ for Knicks coaching job next season if he wants it

Mar 28, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

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Steve Kerr confirmed his interest in one day becoming an NBA head coach, after his name became attached to a position with the Knicks that doesn’t yet exist.

Mike Woodson is currently at the helm in New York as the team tries to make a late-season push for the playoffs, but few believe he’ll be back in that position next season.

Phil Jackson, in his new role as president of basketball operations, will want to fill the coaching ranks and the front office with his guys — people he trusts to execute his plans, and likely those he has worked with in some capacity in the past.

That makes Kerr a fine choice to patrol the sidelines in New York next season, and reportedly, he’d be the leading candidate to do so if in fact that is where his interest lies.

From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

If indeed TNT analyst and former NBA guard Steve Kerr, who played for three of Jackson’s championship Bulls teams, wants to coach, he is the front-runner, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

But one other name to consider, if Kerr doesn’t end up as coach: Derek Fisher, who could end up with the Knicks either as a coach or front-office executive.

The Knicks need to install someone as head coach who will follow the front office plan, and be an extension of Jackson, both in terms of team culture and his long-term vision. Bringing in a first-time head coach like Kerr (on a long-term deal) would immediately help to accomplish that.

As for Fisher, he’d simply be another cog in the machine who has extensive experience winning titles with Jackson in Los Angeles, and thus would be an addition that also makes sense once his playing days are finished.

  1. campcouch - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Doesn’t change the roster.

    • knightrider1755 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Good for Kerr. He gets to coach that bunch of losers.

  2. vols84 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    He did a stellar job destroying the Suns as their GM.

  3. kb2408 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Next great head coach….book it!

    • kinggw - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      I’ll bet you said the same thing about Brian Shaw.

      • kb2408 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        I sure didn’t. But Shaw still might become a good coach.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    On the one hand, not sure if I’d want any piece of that train-wreck.
    On the other, knowing they are going anywhere for a few years, it’s the perfect place to break in a virgin HC.

  5. jkirby317 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Steve Kerr has not been the “front runner” in anything in his entire life.
    Dude wasn’t even a sure bet to get laid on his honeymoon.

    • davidly - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:53 AM

      He led the league in three point shooting percentage two times in the regular season, and in the playoffs as recently as 2003, including his four 3-pointers in a row in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the WCF that brought them from 15 down and send the Spurs to the finals that year. So it is no surprise that he was often the front runner to take the clutch shot, even in the NBA finals, which he has five championship rings to show for.

      You can call this story or the sentiment behind it dubious if you want, but to say he was never the front runner for anything displays ignorance of hoops reality.

  6. imthedudedude - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:41 AM


    -a suns fan

  7. norcal031 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    The Knicks are 1 game out!!!!! I want them in the playoffs sooo bad.

  8. knightrider1755 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Good luck to anyone who chooses to coach that dysfunctional squad of misfits otherwise known as the New York Knicks.

  9. sportsfan18 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Gonna be a lot of losses for whoever coaches the team… for two yrs at least…

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