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Report: Steve Kerr spurns Knicks, accepts head coaching job with Warriors

May 14, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

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In a fairly stunning development, Steve Kerr, who became a viable head coaching candidate only after Phil Jackson tabbed him for the Knicks job, has apparently chosen to to take the position with the Warriors instead.

From David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Kerr met with the Warriors again on Tuesday, and even after the Knicks met his contract demands by adding a fourth year to the deal, he obviously decided that being in the Bay Area close to his family while coaching a roster much closer to championship contention than the one currently assembled in New York was the superior long-term situation.

This doesn’t bode well for Jackson and the Knicks, as Kerr was identified due to his close prior relationship with Jackson, along with his knowledge of the Triangle offense that Jackson is believed to want to install as he begins to try to mold the franchise into one capable of sustained success.

Kerr has no prior head coaching experience. But as a former player with championship experience who then went on to be the general manager of the Phoenix Suns before becoming a credible broadcaster, he’s believed by many to be more than capable of handling the assignment.

It’s an interesting decision by the Warriors, however, considering that the coach they just fired similarly was a former player without any previous experience patrolling the sidelines who they grabbed from the broadcasting booth. But Mark Jackson’s dismissal wasn’t necessarily about Xs and Os, as he guided Golden State to two consecutive playoff appearances before he was ousted.

The Knicks, meanwhile, didn’t appear to have a Plan B in place in case Kerr didn’t sign on, at least not publicly. Now, Jackson is faced with a fairly big challenge in his short time on the job as president in recruiting another candidate whom he trusts to take on the position, and carry out his wishes.

  1. rodyaugu - May 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Now we don’t have to hear his bias commentary, at least after these playoffs.

  2. rodyaugu - May 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Phil Jackson is no Pat Riley, he cant even convince his former player to coach for him.

    • money2long - May 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      These hoes ain’t loyal

  3. mannyicey - May 15, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Play chess, people. If you were Steve Kerr, would you really want your first coaching job to be the New York Knicks? With all of those papers and media that’s in NYC? With the expectations that comes with that team? Would Phil Jackson really want that, especially if you can find a better option?

    Once Mark Jackson left GS, the Knicks found their head coach.Mark played for the Knicks before. He has actual head coaching experience. In the NBA! He has experience coaching in the playoffs.

    Steve Kerr is going to the best position for him and Mark Jackson is your new head coach, Knicks fans.

    • mackcarrington - May 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      One of the supposed reasons Mark Jackson was fired was because he didn’t mesh too well with those in power above him. Now, how do you reconcile that with Phil trying to “coach through him”?

      • mannyicey - May 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Why would Phil Jackson want to coach through him? Let the coach coach.

  4. maddenwizkid - May 15, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Anybody stop to think for one second that maybe just maybe this was all part of phils plan. I mean think about it, all the value steve kerr had built up was due to phil jacksons credibility, then out of nowhere a bidding war ensues, kerr gets a better deal than phil could give him and the knicks get to cast a wide net again with better options(hopefully) I just think maybe phil and steve might be a lil bit smarter thangiven credit for just think about it.

    • unxpexted1 - May 15, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Not sure how you would think this is a ploy for PHil, but as much as i dislike the warriors for making the move (i feel they deserve a coach that’s gonna take them to the next level not start over), Kerr played this thing wonderfully.

  5. haaaaasoooooo - May 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    I’m saying the Knicks need Thibs. Thibs does NOT need the Knicks. And he doesn’t run the triangle, so cross his name off……
    Well….never say never. Throwing money at someone can make them do funny things. I just wonder how much the Deng trade affected the Bulls locker room. Couldn’t have made a whole lot of people happy. Except Taj and Snell. Thibs might have had his fill of Gar.

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