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Report: Warriors offering coaching job to Steve Kerr

May 7, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

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Phil Jackson reportedly wanted to hire Steve Kerr as the Knicks coach quickly.

This would be why.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (hat tip: James Herbert of Eye on Basketball):

According to a league source, Warriors owner Joe Lacob wants to hire Kerr to replace Mark Jackson, who was fired on Tuesday following three successful seasons as Golden State’s head coach. In fact, the Warriors wasted no time reaching out to Kerr, contacting him less than three hours after Jackson was dismissed. And a source maintains that the Warriors’ job is Kerr’s if he wants it.

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Kerr, who holds a reported desire to coach on the West Coast, has delayed a decision.

That would be why.

Kerr – somehow – has become more in demand than any coach. He has no coaching experience, but not only are the Knicks and Warriors competing for him, a third team is trying to enter the mix.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Warriors offer the best team. The Knicks offer the boss Kerr is closest with.

The Jazz… maybe they can try offering the most money.

  1. jattsoorma - May 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    i really dont get this steve kerr hype, he was a terrible GM and has never had any type of coaching experiance.

    • stayhigh_247 - May 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      apparently he’s John Wooden incarnate. I never would want anybody to fail but it would be funny if turns out to be a terrible coach.

    • damp1015 - May 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      It was for the ability of Phil mentoring Kerr to use the triangle offense. I think Phil mentoring Kerr would be excellent with Kerr basically being a clean slate to teach.

    • bluburt - May 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      I remember that the same “no coaching experience” (oh look, I can spell experience correctly!) comments were made about Jackson when the Warriors hired him. Jackson proved to be a good on-court coach, so maybe, just maybe Kerr can be too.

      • unxpexted1 - May 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        I’m not saying that Kerr can’t be a good coach. But the fact that he is on this list for some really top notch jobs, is whats interesting. When Mark Jackson went to the Warriors they were bottom dwellars, he wasn’t getting elite coaching jobs. The fact that he is in the running for a team that could be a championship contender pretty quickly is baffling. Not like he’s being recruited for a rebuild.

      • kinggw - May 7, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        There is a difference between taking a flier on a guy with no experience when you’re coming off a 36 win season and had been to the playoffs once in 18 years and taking a flier on a guy once your an established playoff team coming off back to back playoff appearances and a 50 win season.

        It’s an amateur move.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I agree and am a Knicks fan. I would rather bring in Mark Jackson but it all comes down to the triangle. However you have to take this article with a grain of salt. Isola is trying to make a national name for himself through the hiring off Phil Jackson as he trolls the Knicks harder then any reporter in NYC

    • calkinsrob - May 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      I thought he was considered a decent GM for the suns.

  2. damp1015 - May 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I knew this was coming. It was taking Kerr too long to accept the HC position with the Knicks. Well, I like Mark Jackson, I think he could be a great coach but not for my Knicks. From what I am reading that he does not like to practice and prep for games, that is not a good coach. I guess we will see what happens since I have read that Kerr wants to stay on the West Coast due to his daughter attending UC Berkley.

    • stayhigh_247 - May 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      you can’t possibly believe that as a coach he doesn’t want his guys to practice, and he doesn’t prep for games. Just ask the Clippers, you don’t win 50 games not being prepared. your statement deserves a “C’mon Man!”

      • abchome - May 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Why ask the Clippers?

  3. sonnysuave - May 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Kerr’s made it known for yrs that he’s wanted to coach in the NBA. What’s ironic is that nobody wanted him or cared to give him a chance UNTIL Phil made it known that’s who he wants! It’s sad that other teams have incompetent GMs that can’t make their own decisions, and jump on the PJ bandwagon… SMH!

  4. biggredbird76 - May 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    First off i would have taken Mark Jackson over Kerr as pro’s and I am a U of A fan! Kerr will have to win 55+ games for this to work. He will have to command respect in the locker room and never really got any on the court. Ok so he shot 3’s….that is it. Kerr was never a leader now he has to lead a bunch of grown men that could outplay him on his best day.

    There is more to this than we know.

  5. jzone954 - May 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Saw this coming from a mile away.

  6. cruzan80 - May 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    As a Knick fan…I hope he takes it. There’s no way Kerr is gonna step into a locker room of vets like Melo, Amare & Tyson Chandler…with ZERO coaching experience & get respected simply because he worships the throne of Phil Jackson.

    The Knicks should be beating down Mark Jackson’s door. At least he has a resume that actually includes COACHING on it.

  7. Gordon - May 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    This is hilarious. Kerr is a smart guy, but the thought of 3 teams falling over each other to sign him is ridiculous. One team wanted him, so now he’s desirable to other teams.

    He should take the Warriors gig. Way better team than the Knicks, & wouldn’t have to be Jackson’s lapdog.

    • davidly - May 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Yeah, he’ll apparently have to be Lacob’s lapdog instead.

  8. Dogsweat - May 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Kerr will lead the San Francisco Warriors to a 60 game win season.

    • dablakdrphil - May 7, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      This got so many thumbs down but in the next several years this team will be moved to San Francisco, they’re even planning a whole new arena for the warriros and all

      • dablakdrphil - May 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        But Kerr winning 60 games, that’s a STRETCH!! I could see 45-50 wins should he be the next coach

  9. cantonbound13 - May 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Who does Broussard think will get Kerr? You can guarantee that team is out of the mix.

  10. batoujitsu - May 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I think they want him because they know he will potentially yse both phil jacksons and popovich systems

  11. thetooloftools - May 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I wish the Cavs would fire Mike Brown and hire Mark Jackson. Brown just can’t relate to today’s players which is why Irving is going to walk if he stays.

    • kinggw - May 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      The problem isn’t that Brown can’t relate to his players, his players aren’t that good.

  12. bskilla - May 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Is this revenge Jerry West? Are you trying to hire Kerr to get back at Phil? Hmmm!!!

  13. antistratfordian - May 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    But… why?

    • sportsfan18 - May 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM


      • antistratfordian - May 7, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Because why?

  14. sportsfan18 - May 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I heard Jerry Jones is thinking of hiring Steve Kerr…

  15. campcouch - May 7, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Well played Phil Jackson,well played.

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