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Report: Steve Kerr “expects” to be offered, will take Knicks coaching job

Apr 18, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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This has been the buzz around the league for weeks: The New York Knicks coaching job is Steve Kerr’s if he wants it.

At some point in the next few days Mike Woodson will be officially let go by the Knicks. Everyone knows it, including Woodson. When looking for a replacement to run a triangle (or at least triangle-light) system Phil Jackson’s coaching tree isn’t that big. Kerr, the former Bulls player, Suns GM and current broadcaster with TNT can be considered part of that tree.

Kerr think’s he will get an offer, reports George Willis at the New York Post.

According to a source close to the situation, Kerr “absolutely expects” to be offered the job. “And if he’s offered the job, he’s definitely going to do it,” the source told The Post.

The Post has learned Kerr has had conversations with his bosses at Turner Sports about adjusting his schedule as an analyst during the upcoming playoffs should he be named the Knicks’ head coach.

“Definitely” seems a little strong here, if you ask me. Likely? Sure. But if watching negotiations (sports, business, political) has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is definite.

Kerr would have to give up life in warm and sunny San Diego, where he wanted to be to spend more time with family, and he would have to give up a relatively cushy TNT broadcast job, to throw himself to the wolves in New York. Next season the Knicks are not going to be able to dramatically change the roster, and they are going to be installing a new offensive system. There are going to be bumps. The media there is not as forgiving as Phoenix (to put it kindly) and the fans expect things to turn around quickly.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride, no matter where it ultimately leads, Kerr needs to be sure that’s what he wants.

That said, you know that back channel communications have already taken place and that if Kerr had no interest this would be dead already. Most people around the league expect Kerr to take the job, this report certainly reflects that.

  1. bigmeechy74 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    This sucks. I enjoy his commentating. He was moving up and doing well on the march madness games too.

    • dinofrank60 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Me, too. San Diego and the TNT gig is too sweet to let go.

  2. phillyguyindc - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Take the job, you can always go back to the booth.

    • 24thesho - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      Don’t you worry, next season he will definitely be going back to the booth before that mid-season. It may be one of the few very poor decisions Phil Jackson will have made in his career.

  3. cruzan80 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I know I’m alone on this one but I’m sticking with it….I don’t think Woodson should be fired….especially for Steve Kerr to take his place. If I start listing the reasons why the Knicks sucked this year, Its gonna be a while before I get to coaching being one of them.

    Changing the entire teams identity by trading for Bargnani, Smith’s suspension & injury recovery, Chandler missing 30 games due to injury, Amare’s strict minute restriction, Felton being the worst PG in the league….these things are not the fault of the coach.

    No coach could’ve taken this team into the playoffs…well maybe Thibs…but that’s it. This is a classic scapegoat situation going down here. He’s already proven that he can coach. His Atlanta Hawk teams got better every year with basically the same roster & these Knicks did win 54 games just a year ago being led by this man. Now all of a sudden Knick fans want his head on a stick??? If Phil is as smart as everyone says he is…he’ll keep Woodson & hire an “offensive coach” as an assistant to Woody. He has one more year left on his contract. How about Phil prove to us that he can actually be a good GM 1st before we give Woody the boot before his contract expires.

    33-49 (2005-2006)
    24-58 (2006-2007)

    Wanna know who’s the coach that owns those dubious records??? The NOW “great” Doc Rivers…two years before Kevin Garnet & Ray Allen got to town. Shout out to Danny Ainge.

    • tomtravis76 - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      You just don’t commit all of that money in one man’s plan and not let him try and execute it. It’s really not about his coaching, woodson is not part of the future.

    • onlyavoice - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Is that you Mike? LOL

  4. lj312chicago - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Larry Hoover

  5. badge3832 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The media not as forgiving? Who cares? I’m sure Steve Kerr doesn’t. Nor does Phil Jackson. Some media types are a bit too full of themselves.

  6. cantonbound13 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Great hire! Trust in the Zen Master. You don’t get 13 rings by accident.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      One of these days you’re going to acknowledge that the skillset that won him those rings is not the skillset he needa in this job, and the world will stop spinning on its axis.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        You can’t deny his system of the triangle offense works in this league. Steve Kerr knows that system well & won 3 rings. He also played under a great coach in Popovich.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        It works with Phil on the sidelines, somebody else acquiring the players and a top-five all time shooting guard running the show. None of those will be the case here. I don’t think Steve Kerr is a bad choice necessarily, but when you talk about Phil’s 13 rings having any kind of impact on something he’s never done before, you sound like a dumbass.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Hope you’re right for the first time ever.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Long time Bulls fan here, since the mid 70’s.

      Respect what Phil’s done in the game… know he has a past with Lamar but it has me scratching my head…

      Time will tell if it was worthwhile… Guess Phil wants to challenge himself and see if he is a miracle worker and is able to get something positive out of Lamar.

      Also, since the Knicks will not be good for at least the next two yrs, I hope their “smart and knowledgeable” fans won’t be calling for Kerr to be fired just because they aren’t in the running to win the 2016 NBA title…

      • calkinsrob - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        I would think phil wouldnt do that to kerr. At least I hope he wouldnt. This is an awful situation to be in as a new coach.

  7. fnc111 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Dumb move. He’ll regret it by mid- December.

  8. fnc111 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    SD > NY

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Not when it comes to pizza.

  9. zerole00 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    “…to throw himself to the wolves in New York. Next season the Knicks are not going to be able to dramatically change the roster, and they are going to be installing a new offensive system. There are going to be bumps. The media there is not as forgiving as Phoenix (to put it kindly) and the fans expect things to turn around quickly.”

    You don’t get to the level of a professional athlete, and especially a successful one, without a thirst for a challenge. I think we’re all realistic of what the Knicks roster can achieve next season, but it’ll be interesting to see how effective he is with the talent it has.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      You say…”I think we’re ALL realistic of what the Knics roster can…”

      Really? ALL of you are realistic?

      I’ve never found ALL of any group of people to be on the same page and most definitely not ALL of a major pro sports teams fan base like you evidently do…

      Many Knicks fans were certainly off about the talent the Knicks had on their roster coming into this season…

      Last summer and early fall many were talking big things for the team and even saying how GOOD Bargnani was going to be for the Knicks…

      Good luck with ALL of you being realistic sir…

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        Don’t you mean “The Great Bargani”! Whadya mean “that’s a good one”?

  10. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Doesn’t matter who coaches they have to get more two way players. They have one two way player in shumpert and potential of a two way player in hardaway. Its kinda funny D’Antoni was fired minus a solid PG this was a perfect squad for him.

  11. jolink653 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I think Kerr would be a nice hire for the Knicks. He always seemed like he had a good basketball mind even when he was playing for the Bulls.

    I like Mike Woodson, but it’s absolutely time for him to go. You could just see how he lost the team during the season; they looked like they had no interest in playing defense or playing together, and you saw players tuning him out during timeouts. This team has a lot of talent on the roster, and things could change pretty dramatically next season if they bring in the right coach and get all the players to buy in

  12. peopletrains - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I hope his coaching is better than his announcing.

    • duhwighthoward - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Probably won’t be. Consider his most noteworthy moment of the season was to say he’s “on the Swaggy P bandwagon.”

  13. freeworld - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    no Kerr come to san Antonio learn from the best and then take over

  14. davidly - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    My sources tell me that the quote attributed to someone saying what Kerr thinks is not entirely accurate.

  15. urodaddy07 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I respect this guys BB IQ. I think this would be a great hire. I am a little perplexed though that he would make such a strong statement before actually beiing offered the job. Or has he already been offered?

  16. dinofrank60 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Not just wolves in NY. Werewolves, like in the Howling! And MSG isn’t that far from Central Park…

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM


  17. namaths5thofwhiskey - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    When I found out Mike Woodson uses switching as his gameplan I said its time for the Knicks to get him out of here. Scapegoat or not, Woodson did himself no favors.

  18. onlyavoice - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Steve Kerr – AKA – Neil Patrick Harris/ Doogie Howser
    Phils 1st big move is signing a washed up Crack head.
    Now he hires a buddy with ZERO coaching experience.
    Run Melo RUN

  19. tipstopten - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Phil and Steve will make it work.

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