May 3, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
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.
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.
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