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Report: Knicks reportedly balking at Steve Kerr’s contract wishes

May 12, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Steve Kerr’s agent, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, is seeking a five-year, $30 million contract for his client.

The free-spending Knicks might just give it to him.

James Dolan is paying Phil Jackson, who’d never worked in a front office before, $60 million to be the Knicks’ president. So why not give Kerr, who’s never coached, $30 million?

But it’s not automatic New York will acquiesce.

That seems… well, logical. Kerr is a first-year coach, not a star.

But supply and demand – not logic – rule the marketplace. There’s a supply of only one Kerr, and demand is high. The Warriors and Jazz are also interested in Kerr.

Still, it doesn’t seem Kerr’s contract will interfere with the Knicks hiring him.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Steve Kerr still considers the Knicks the clear frontrunner to be his next employer and is awaiting formal contract details before any deal to make him the team’s coach can become official, an NBA source told The Post on Sunday.The Kerr camp is hoping a resolution can be reached this week, perhaps as soon as Monday or Tuesday.

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  1. showtime1911 - May 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Hire mark Jackson

  2. SBoy - May 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Phil Jackson’s first mistake as an exec. is only seriously interviewing one candidate to be the coach…between that and the interest Kerr has from GS and Utah, gave Kerr the leverage to ask for more than he should get… Good for the Knicks now in trying to get it back down… but ultimately if he is the only guy they really want they may have to suck it up. Although if GS signs SVG leverage could swing back to NY

    • davidly - May 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      You’re observation assumes a good deal based upon questionably sourced material. Even if reports of existing talks are entirely accurate, any absence of reports of existing serious interviews with additional candidates does not mean they do not exist.

  3. csbanter - May 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Phil Jackson is going to do his best Cobra Commander impression when all of this blows up. Destro will be there waiting with a helicopter to wisk him away and once again he will come away unscathed.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM


    • adoombray - May 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      LOL… He could be terrible in New York for the next 4 years, quit the job, and everyone would blame Nolan for being a terrible owner and just point to his rings and still treat him like a genius.

      It’s really good to be Phil Jackson.

  4. jzone954 - May 12, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Again, what else do they have to loose? They were supposedly constructed to take out Miami and completely tanked. At this point the Knicks have nothing else to loose really. I mean Maybe Mark Jackson gets a look , but you can’t have Brooklyn being the premier team representing NY.

  5. genericcommenter - May 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Call Ron Harper.. Or any of the other veteran players who basically came out of retirement to “coach” the Lakers when he took over there.

  6. worldbfree4me - May 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Byron Scott is waiting for a call!

  7. phillyguyindc - May 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    B.J. Armstrong!!

  8. jkirby317 - May 12, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Why is Steve Kerr a commodity? I’d rather have George Karl or Lionel Hollins or one of the other Coach of the Year WINNERS than overpay for Steve Kerr.

    • k3nn3k - May 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      You want George Karl, who coached in the league for over 30 years as a head coach and never won a championship. Or you want Lionel Hollins who has been a coach for 25+ years and also did not win a championship as a head coach. Both obviously know the game of basketball, but both systems have not worked in the NBA.

      Why not bring in new blood like Steve Kerr, at least with him you have the potential of having a great coach that can win rather than retreading old coaches that can’t.

      • granadafan - May 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        New blood like Kerr is fine. However, he wants waaaaaaaaay too much money for a first year coach. Unless, he’s just a puppet for Phil and Kerr’s giving part of the salary to him. Then that would justify the huge salary.

      • jkirby317 - May 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        All of the markets vying for Steve Kerr’s coaching “ability” seem to be larger markets (i.e. Teams in NYC or California). Both coaches that I would rather have, G.Karl, L. Hollins, even Sam Mitchell have proven track records of getting wins, COY awards, and getting the most of the teams they coach.
        What about Steve Kerr gives the illusion that he has potential to be a “great coach”? His lackluster playing career? The fact that he can hit threes? His in-game announcing skills? Because he played with Michael Jordan? His ability to put together a “championship” team in Phoenix (uh, he didn’t)? My guess is none of those things. I’ll bet you want Steve Kerr because ESPN, PBT, or someone else told you to like him and want him as the next guy to be fired.
        It’s amazing how Patrick Ewing is a Hall of Famer, a top 50 player and is wasting away as an assistant coach but Steve Kerr never sat on a bench (other than during his playing career) and he is the next big thing?

      • jkirby317 - May 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        Since Steve Kerr is going to Golden State… Who is your new “new blood” candidate?

  9. hwatt - May 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    If Phil didn’t love Kerr, there would be no demand for him. Hope Phil gets invited to all futures housewarmings, birthdays, etc.

    • hwatt - May 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      I love how silly rich white ppl think. “Oh Phil thinks Kerr is great, so he must be great!”.

  10. mogogo1 - May 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    A lot of moxie for a guy who has never coached before. And if the plan is that Phil is hoping to coach through Kerr, isn’t it a danger sign for him to be making really high demands upfront?

  11. sportsnut101 - May 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Why not trade for brian shaw to coach. He would cheaper
    Otherwise hire mark jackson u seen what he can do while coaching

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