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Report: Steve Kerr to accept Knicks coaching offer soon, but may listen if Warriors job opens up

May 3, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Steve Kerr has long been reported to be the front-runner for the Knicks head coaching position, even before it had officially become available.

Once Phil Jackson took on the role of president of basketball operations in New York, the fit with Kerr became a natural one. Kerr, of course, played on a few of Jackson’s Bulls championship teams, and is believed to have a shared vision in installing the Triangle offense if in fact the coaching position becomes his.

The partnership has been getting closer to becoming a reality, and apparently Kerr is ready to make his decision a few short days from now. But the situation in Golden State could potentially complicate things.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Steve Kerr likely is making his swan song for TNT on Saturday night when he announces Game 7 of the Grizzlies-Thunder series in Oklahoma City. According to an NBA source, Kerr likely will make his final decision on accepting the Knicks head-coaching job soon after the weekend. …

However, one thing that can derail Kerr’s getting hired by the Knicks is if the Warriors lose their first-round series to the Clippers on Saturday and coach Mark Jackson is let go. Kerr, whose family lives in San Diego, may listen if approached by the Warriors. …

If the Warriors move on, Kerr and the Knicks are likely to move on to marriage, thanks to president Phil Jackson. After Kerr works the Thunder game, he plans to fly home to San Diego to gather his thoughts for a couple of days and perhaps finalize his decision. His commitment to TNT for the second round is not expected to play a role in Kerr’s timetable, an NBA source said.

The Warriors job is more appealing, and not only due to the team’s roster. Kerr’s family is currently settled in San Diego, and wouldn’t be expected to accompany him to New York, at least initially.

Ownership in Golden State made a mild attempt to quell any talk that Mark Jackson’s job is in jeopardy, but even the players are getting the feeling that Jackson will be gone once the season is finished.

The ties with Jackson are strong, however, and even if Golden State comes calling, Kerr may be too far down the road with the Knicks to begin to backtrack now.

  1. rodge1 - May 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Kerr would be acquiring a roster that is built for serious contention in the D-League.

    • antistratfordian - May 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      It’s better for his reputation as a head coach to start that way. And if he can win games with it… well, that’s what being a head coach is all about.

    • lj312chicago - May 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      At least Lakers fans who always spit…but it’s the Lakers and we have sun 365!…..at least the Lakers win rings…….come to NY its NY if you can’t make it here you can’t make it anywhere!….according to that no one’s made it since 1971…..you have Phil Jackson in your front office New York…besides that there’s absolutely no sexy reason for ever taking the Knicks job…..hence Steve Kerr is waiting for Jackson to be fired so he can take the Golden State job…..

  2. larrydavid7000 - May 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    This guy is gonna be a head coach.???? The guy sucks as a commentator on TNT. Enough said. Good luck with that on the streets by mid season of second year.

    • jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      They think you’re lying.

    • kb2408 - May 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      He’s a GREAT commentator.

  3. Earnest Christian - May 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Reblogged this on The OpinioNation | Sports and Pop Culture and commented:
    It does seem like Steve Kerr is the obvious frontrunner for the Knicks coaching gig especially when you consider his obvious connection to Phil Jackson, but it would also make sense for Kerr to put out a few feelers as well before locking himself into this.

  4. bigsuede - May 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I am really curious if Steve Kerr has the ability to install a triangle offense. With so many scoring options- it seems like the triangle would be awesome on a team like golden state- especially if their defense remains strong with iggy, green, and bogut.

    But I am curious if a team that isnt led by Phil Jackson could get a team running it well in a year. It looks like the warriors core could stay together for the next three years- it would be a really interesting experiment.

  5. jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Either place can be considered Ground Zero.

    • jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Although Ruskies probably have Oklahoma City targeted, too. Lucky I got plenty of duct tape and plastic wrap (and malt liquor).

  6. SBoy - May 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    If GS takes Kerr I think Mark Jackson is potential great fit in NY. Even though he didn’t play for Phil, reportedly they have a good relationship.

    • stayhigh_247 - May 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      hmm interesting. but would Phil be willing to do it?

  7. AZ Dem - May 4, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t see Kerr using the Triangle. He won 2 of his 5 rings with Coach Pop in San Antone. And to me, it seems that Coach Pop has been a larger influence on his philosophy. Plus, when Kerr was running the show in Phoenix, there was no talk of any Triangle.

    Kerr is his own man. He’s going to do what he wants. He’s highly intelligent. He has almost no athletic ability whatsoever but still managed to play a dozen or years in the NBA and win 5 rings.

  8. Dogsweat - May 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Kerr is perfect for the Warriors job, Jackson is perfect for the Knicks …….

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