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Report: Knicks finalizing deal to hire Steve Kerr as coach after first round of playoffs

Apr 29, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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We all know how this movie ends, Steve Kerr will be the head coach of the New York Knicks next season. The drama has been sucked out of that. They talked over the weekend but Phil Jackson is deliberate in his decision making process so nothing happens quickly.

But it will happen right after the first round of the playoffs, that according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The New York Knicks are trying to complete a deal with TNT’s Steve Kerr that would install him as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs, according to sources with knowledge of the talks….

But sources say Jackson has made significant progress in his longstanding plan to convincing Kerr that the time is right to make the jump from broadcasting to accept one of the league’s most high-profile coaching jobs without any prior bench experience.

Why after the first round? If I were cynical I would say the Knicks are concerned that a West Coast team, say one located in the Bay Area of California, could lose in the first round and then have a head coach opening that would be tempting to Kerr. The Knicks they don’t want to lose him so they are pushing for a deal.

Okay, I’ll admit I am cynical and think that’s a huge motivation. I’m not the only one, Stein reports.

NBA coaching sources have maintained for weeks that the Golden State Warriors have strong interest in Kerr, should they elect to part ways with Mark Jackson after a 50-win season, given Kerr’s strong relationships with Warriors owner Joe Lacob, son Kirk Lacob (who works in Golden State’s front office) and Warriors president Rick Welts, with whom Kerr worked closely in Phoenix.

Kerr is working as a color commentator for TNT in the playoffs (and they would like to keep him on at least through the busy first round).

Expect the Kerr to the Knicks deal to get done. Jackson does not have a large coaching tree and needs someone in that chair who feels the way he does about changing the culture, someone who shares his basketball belief system. Kerr fits that mold perfectly.

Then all Knicks fans have to hope for is a team president with no front office experience and a coach with no bench experience can turn around the struggling Knicks. What could possibly go wrong?

  1. asimonetti88 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    What does this have to do with Donald Sterling though?

    • chiadam - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Seriously. Let’s stick to the important things: wildly speculating about punishment and laughing at Grandmama Johnson.

    • reesesteel23 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      This isn’t helping……sigh

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Should have gotten Allstate. Yeah, right.

  2. azarkhan - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I’ve never understood why somebody would leave broadcasting for coaching. Sure the money is better, but then the taxes are much higher, especially in New York. There’s less travel, less stress and just plain less work in broadcasting and besides, every coach gets fired (even if he wins Coach of the Year, e.g., George Karl).

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Coaching is more challenging.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        So is New Yawk.

    • katra2logic - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      It is in their blood, most ‘coaches’ are part teacher, part leader. You are much closer to the game as a coach also. Broadcasting would be secondary to most people with this type of personality.

    • calkinsrob - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      def more rewarding. People want challenges in life.

      • stayhigh_247 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        yeah most people except for maybe Indiana and Houston.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Cities are people. Who knew?

  3. harshedmellow - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    What does Tebow think?

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    This isn’t about Donald Sterling. What the heck?

  5. imthedudedude - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    HA!

    -suns fan

    • calkinsrob - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      wasnt kerr a decent GM for the suns, I heard he left on his own terms because of issues with the president or owner? Do suns fans like Kerr?

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        Yup.

  6. irvness21 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Me personally id rather have Stan Van Gundy or Lionel Hollins over Steve Kerr. Not sure why he is such a high commodity.

    • stayhigh_247 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      I agree both are good coaches, but will either of them implement the triangle? With Kerr, Phil knows what he’s getting and he can mold him as they go. I would be shocked if Kerrs staff isn’t made up of former Bulls and Lakers.

  7. bigbamboom1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    After the first round of the playoffs? Why? That Knicks aren’t in them. Neither is Kerr. Stupid comment and target IMO. If the deal is done, just hire the guy.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I think he’s probbaly going to finish his commitment at least through round 1 of the playoffs.

  8. hehateme2 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Knicks are a mess!

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Nets certainly won the battle for Sphincter of the Universe, I mean NYC, this year.

  9. taron2in1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    No experience no problem. What a joke!!!

  10. trublazer - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I am not a knick fan and could care less about them..but as a NBA fan, regardless of no experience in the front office or bench this combo of president;GM/coach is light years ahead of anything they have had in yearsssssssss

  11. jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I think his time as President and GM of the Suns counts for something. Hope he didn’t chuck his Chicago winter wardrobe into the woods where he’s from in Pacific Palisades, CA. He’ll need it.

  12. taron2in1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Dennis Rodman would be a perfect fit!

  13. 24thesho - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    My instincts are telling me that this is not going to work out as well as we will like, but, good luck to them.

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