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Report: Steve Kerr hopes to decide on job today, leaning toward Knicks over Warriors

May 9, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT

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Steve Kerr has a huge burden.

Despite having no coaching experience, two NBA teams want him to coach them. How will he ever decide between the Knicks and Warriors?

And when?

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Kerr is hoping to wrap up proceedings Friday, according to multiple sources, and is leaning toward the Knicks over the Warriors due to Jackson’s allure.

In a surprise development, even if he joins the Knicks, Kerr has decided to finish out the TNT playoff run with his partner Marv Albert straight through the Western Conference finals (which end in late May), according to an NBA source.

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If Kerr is an active coach, those broadcasts could get strange. He’s obviously uncomfortable whenever Albert mentions job openings, and maybe taking a job would clear that up, or maybe it would create new unease as he discusses players on other teams. (Would TNT just be enabling tampering?)

But if you’re a fan of Kerr’s commentating, I guess hooray the Knicks have traded all their draft picks. That leaves Kerr – if he accepts the New York job – nothing to do now.

Except coach.

It’s not only an in-game or even in-season job. Kerr could meet with players, break down film, recommend offseason training, etc. Though this is not the peak part of the coaching calendar, Kerr could still gain valuable experience.

But why rush? Kerr hasn’t coached before, and look how far that got him.

  1. duhwighthoward - May 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    bye bye Carmelo

  2. phillyguyindc - May 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Marc Jackson definitely changed his tune in broadcasts a couple years ago after he got a job.

  3. gs7101 - May 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    As a Warriors’ fan, please go to the Knicks!

    • cruzan80 - May 9, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      As a Knicks fan, please go to the Warriors!

    • blueintown - May 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      As a Bulls fan, thanks for hitting that shot in ’97!

  4. romestar82 - May 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    YAY Momma bring on that man

  5. Dogsweat - May 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    San Francisco Warriors bound………………….

  6. sportsfan18 - May 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    News Flash…

    At ONE point, EVERY coach ever HAS NEVER COACHED before…

    All President’s of the U.S. (except for those re-elected) had NEVER been president before…

    Now if the Warriors and the Knicks were offering ME their head coaching positions, THAT would be a problem as I didn’t even play high school basketball (baseball was my game).

    But Kerr HAS been in basketball his whole life, a multiple championship winning player etc…

    It isn’t like he doesn’t know basketball.

    Look at Jason Kidd. Vilified when the season began then he started winning coach of the month awards as the season went along…

    • dablakdrphil - May 9, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Great points @sportsfan18

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 9, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      One doesn’t normally start his coaching career as an HC in the NBA.
      “Knowing basketball” isn’t the same as “knowing coaching”.
      The Nyets shouldn’t need a coach, half of them were around when they still used peach baskets for hoops.

  7. marcusfitzhugh - May 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Kerr isn’t being hired to “coach”. Kerr is being hired to follow Phil’s instructions with the hope that he learns how to coach along the way. If Kerr can’t do what Phil says, he’ll be run out of NYC. If Kerr CAN follow Phil’s instructions, there is a very good chance the Knicks will be successful. Why? Over 20 years Phil’s teams averaged 57 wins per season. His worst season was 42-40. And that was in the west back when Utah, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston ALL won over 50 games. No one is that good for that long unless they know what they’re doing.

    The Lakers should have locked up Phil when they had the chance. But of course, hindsight is typically clearer than foresight.

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