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Report: Steve Kerr not a candidate for Lakers job

May 2, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

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Steve Kerr reportedly prefers to coach on the West Coast. Perhaps, that’s why the Knicks want to hire Kerr so quickly.

A West Coast job is now open, and another could open soon.

Has Phil Jackson worked quickly enough?

In one case, yes.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Steve Kerr, the overwhelming favorite to be the next Knicks coach, is not on the Lakers’ candidate list, according to an NBA source.

The Lakers believe Kerr is too far along in the process of joining Phil Jackson’s Knicks.

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Would Jeanie Buss’ team really hire her fiancé’s preferred coach? It doesn’t have to be about a conflict of interest. Sometimes, NBA executives do each other favors.

If Kerr really desired, I bet he could get on the Lakers’ radar. They might be wary of wasting time on him now, but if he came to them to express interest, that would show he’s serious. And their search is so wide, it seems there’s be room for him.

Maybe he also believes he’s too far down the road with the Knicks.

Then again, the Warriors’ job becoming open could swing things. It seems the Knicks have eliminated one West Coast competitor for Kerr, but another potentially remains.

  1. grantgoodman93 - May 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Am I the only one confused as to why someone is about to hire this guy as a head coach

    • benjamincharlesparho - May 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM


    • kb2408 - May 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      They’re going to hire him because they know more about basketball than you, me and everyone else that keeps asking that same question.

      • mogogo1 - May 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Which “they” are you referring to? The article specifically says the Lakers aren’t going to hire him. Are you saying the Lakers are making a mistake by not trying to get him?

      • ranfan12 - May 2, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        I think Phil Jackson is included in they. The article might be talking about lakers, but the OP was asking why “someone” is trying to hire him.

      • kb2408 - May 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        @ranfan…thanks for explaining that to him. The “who” is irrelevant. The point is those in charge of hiring Kerr know more about basketball than most of us know.

      • billtetley53 - May 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        KB, EVERYONE know more about basketball than you do.
        Even lounge and monetti,and they have 3rd grade educations.

    • asimonetti88 - May 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      If Phil Jackson thinks he’s a good coach, I’m willing to believe him more than any commenter on a basketball site.

      • spursareold - May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        LOL. Yes, because Phil has such an EXTENSIVE tree of excellent NBA coaches, past and present, that played or coached for him.

      • asimonetti88 - May 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        How does your coaching tree look?

    • atahualpaoxford - May 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM


  2. loungefly74 - May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I’m okay with the Lakers not getting Kerr.

  3. larrydavid7000 - May 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    This guy is a joke.!!!! go ahead ny hire him I know the knicks will not be playoff material for a long time.

    • calkinsrob - May 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      thatll be the case regardless of who they hire. there situation really really sucks. No draft picks this year or next, Melo may leave and they have the highest paid front court in the league. Its not a great place to start at right now. I hope they give the coach a 2-3 year shot at proving his abilities

      • jollyjoker2 - May 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        true — buts the Knicks and a big town. Lots of cash. If they can dump the bums with the big salaries some where , they don’t need draft picks all that much.

  4. ocgunslinger - May 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    To many other options. Either of the Van Gundy’s for example.

  5. onlyavoice - May 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I wouldn’t hire Doogie Howser (AKA Steve Kerr) as a commentator,
    let alone a head coach.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      outside of Miami and San ones won anything in a long time. Who you going to hire?

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