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Report: Steve Kerr, without satisfactory Knicks deal, open to coaching Warriors

May 14, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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The Golden State Warriors’ apparent No. 1 choice to replace Mark Jackson was Steve Kerr, but then they were convinced he was going to the Knicks.

So, they moved to their apparent No. 2 choice, Stan Van Gundy. But the Pistons swooped in and stole Van Gundy from Golden State.

So, now the Warriors are on their No. 3 No. 1 choice.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

New York had been pursuing a shorter length deal than has been available to Kerr elsewhere, league sources said, and that’s believed to have re-opened Kerr’s mind to the possibility of the Warriors job again.

The Warriors management group lost out on Stan Van Gundy to a $35 million deal to run the Detroit Pistons, and flew to Oklahoma City on Tuesday to meet with Kerr. The Warriors left more convinced of Kerr’s readiness to coach the franchise, league sources said, and Kerr had a chance to further familiarize himself with the entire Warriors front office.

This could be a negotiating tactic by Kerr, or it could be the total truth. Most likely, it falls some between.

If Kerr wants to coach the Knicks, the Warriors could help him leverage a better contract. If he wants to coach the Warriors, he’s getting more info on the team.

Either way, by waiting and taking advantage of his demand – as curious as that demand might be for someone with no coaching experience – Kerr is giving himself better options.

  1. cmehustle - May 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Well knicks fans, I dont know how much you guys really want Kerr. Looks like he has all the leverage in this situation and Phils gonna have to pony up if you want this guy.

  2. duhwighthoward - May 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    His commentary during last night’s game was atrocious. Hard to believe he played professionally. I can’t imagine he’d be a good coach. But if he could teach all the Knicks how to shoot like him, then it would be a great move!

    • katra2logic - May 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Steve Kerr is the worst commentator in the NBA. I am really hoping he does get a coaching job, anything to get him out of the booth. Maybe he could take Reggie Miller with him (although Reggie is better than Steve). Make sure you lock and chain the door if M. Jackson comes a looking for his old job back, he is another mediocre commentator. Fortunately, he will probably get another coaching job, he did pretty well in Golden State. Chris Webber is getting better, like to hear more from him. Some of the old dudes are the best: Hubie Brown, Doug Collins, Mike Fratello et al.

      • hdsnake867 - May 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        I disagree. Kerr IS terrible behind the microphone but Reggie Miller is the all-time worst.

  3. azarkhan - May 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    If I were an owner, I’d demand that Steve Kerr pay me to let him coach. After all,who the hell is Steve Kerr and how does he rate being the leading candidate for some of the more coveted coaching jobs in the NBA?

    • sportsfan18 - May 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Well, Kerr does NOT have a gun at their heads so it is NOT Kerr that you need to be upset with…

      OTHERS have to be the ones making offers and wanting him…

      I take it you fault players who sign huge guaranteed contracts for tens of millions of dollars instead of the idiots running the teams that put that contract in front of them to sign…

      No player or coach MAKES these guys put these contracts down in front of them to sign.

      YOU would sign one for many millions of dollars too especially since they are guaranteed.

      Is it Kerr’s fault if he gets a $5 million a year for 4 to 5 years? OR is it the fault of the team that GIVES him that contract to sign?

    • antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Well, as Dan Gilbert once said when he was hiring Mike Brown back in 2005:

      “When you look at the last 20 or 25 NBA champions, over half of them were won by coaches who were in their first head coaching job. If you can get a guy who is ready to blossom and become the next great coach in the NBA, that’s the way to go.”

      I know Gilbert is not an authority on the subject, but I think this line of though is common and why teams covet candidates with no head coaching experience. If you go after a veteran head coach like Stan Van Gundy then what are you actually going after? A head coach who has only been fired everywhere he’s been.

  4. adoombray - May 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I can’t wait for NBA 2k without Kerr.

    P.S. Leverrraaaage

    • spthegr8 - May 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      ^^^ Lmao ^^^ He is SOOOO ANNOYING!!!

  5. steelcitywhitty - May 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    how do you keep the GSW coaching job? It certainly isn’t by winning and making the playoffs.

    • romestar82 - May 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      you keep it by sucking up on the owners kid door knob

  6. ebecks34 - May 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Does anyone here have another pic of Steve Kerr and could please send to all basketball related sites?

    • m4a188 - May 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      That is the perfect picture for the situation he is in – decent role player and accurate shooter, no success as GM, no coaching experience and expecting a 30 million dollar contract. I’d have that look on my face if I was him, wouldn’t you?

      • ebecks34 - May 15, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        You can bet I would. He must be thinking: ‘Thanks for helping my carrer again Phil, so long!’

  7. mogogo1 - May 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Knicks need to RUN away from Kerr. And Warriors should also take note. A guy with zero coaching experience is approached by Phil Jackson and his first two moves are to immediately start considering other offers and to make large salary demands as if he was already an established winner.

    It’d be pretty amusing if he was still broadcasting next year because he burned all his bridges before even crossing them.

  8. wilsonsoriano - May 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    So upsetting that The Warrior’s front office are going to such lengths to appease and save Joe Lacob’s face and are caving in to Joe Lacob’s pride to go after Steve Kerr. Bad move, very bad move. He is definitely no better than Mark Jackson, other than a potential triangle offense. (But then again, with the talent we have now, we can win with any coach, we just need to tweak the roster a little bit, like trading the finesse scared to mix it up David Lee for a better power forward with Zach Randolph, Kevin Love or L. Aldridge). Nevertheless, we’ll be better off with Lionel Hollins, (whom they are scheduled to meet this week). Lionel Hollins is the man for the job!!! comparing Steve Kerr to Lionel Hollins is like night and day. Hollins is a proven winner, with experience, his acumen is just too awesome. I studied his coaching carefully when he coached the Memphis, particularly, when Memphis played against the Warriors, they beat us every time under his coaching reign. Lionel Hollins is great with the x’s and o’s, great strategist, awesome defensive guru. and tough as nails. now, that’s an upgrade that will take us to the next level. I’m sure the players would prefer Lionell Hollins over Steve Kerr. If that’s not the case, I’ll change my name Joe Lacob. lol

  9. doctordunkenstein - May 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    How is this guy so in demand when he’s never coached a day in his life and his claim to fame is ruining the SSOL Suns?

  10. milkman1989 - May 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    The picture you use for every Steve Kerr story really makes me think hes a smug guy when im reading ha

  11. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    F him. This is exactly what the Knicks dont need is another Melo in the form of a first time head coach. Please this guy is setting him self up for a round house knock out if he does not have success pretty quickly……Wrong attitude for NYC

    • sportsfan18 - May 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      NO ONE taking over for the Knicks will have success quickly…

      Doesn’t matter who they hired… even if they hired who YOU wanted…

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 14, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        They are in the East and that is their only hope

  12. djshnooks - May 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    What has this guy done to make him such a hot commodity as a coach?

    Aren’t there any good coaches left?

  13. hdsnake867 - May 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Now this would be a hoot: Phil can’t find a sucker, er coach to hire for the Knicks and he would be left to do it himself. Finally, he would be coaching a really terrible team and he would be exposed for the 2nd rate coach that he really is. In the past, he’s only coached teams that were star studded. The Knicks will be a joke until the day James Dolan sells the team. Success always starts at the top with ownership.

    • mijoh20 - May 14, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Dolan would be nuts to sell the NYK. They are a gold mine, even though they suck. Have you seen the ticket prices, if you can even get a ticket? Never mind that every $2000 seat is sold out for every game for like ever. The best we can hope for is what we got, Dolan “ceding” control to Jax. May as well move on from the sell the team meme. Not going to happen.

    • sportsfan18 - May 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      hdsnake867

      Do you REALIZE that a great job of coaching may be done by a coach when his team only wins 37 games… WHILE a coach whose teams wins 54 games did a LOUSY job of coaching?

      Coaching is NOT just wins and losses…

      Coaching is getting the MOST out of one’s team… Let’s say 10 other coaches would have won MORE games than the coach who led his team to 54 wins did. That coach with 54 wins isn’t so good anymore.

      Let’s also say that NO ONE else who coached the team who won 37 games was able to win even 30 games. That would mean that the coach who guided them to 37 wins was a BETTER coach than the others.

      Are you really that shortsighted?

      • bigtymeusa - May 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        GREAT POINT! I TOLD EVERYONE WHO’D LISTEN, THAT “WOOFY” WAS A ‘HOAX OF A COACH” & A REAL COACH WUD HAVE WON 60+ WITH THAT TEAM ANNND MADE IT TO AT LEAST GM 7 OF THE ECF! KNICKS SHOULD SNATCH UP MARK JACKSON B4 THEY MISS OUT ON THE BEST COACH FOR THEN AND NYC!

  14. SBoy - May 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    NY just needs to make him a take it or leave it offer at this point and move on if he passes. If I was NY I wouldn’t care about Kerr’s, “leverage”, and overpay. Fair offer for 1st time coach with no experience, save a little wiggle room, yes or no… No need to drag out anymore.

  15. drs76109 - May 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Jackson should just coach the team. Would spare us all the continued speculation.

    Actually, the Lakers should have just rehired him way back, Would have spared us all and Mr D’Antoni, a lot of grief…

  16. mogogo1 - May 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    This is beginning to reflect badly on Phil Jackson. He has no experience as a GM, picks a guy with no coaching experience without even interviewing anybody else, then gets left hanging while Kerr demands a huge salary and plays the Knicks off the Warriors. I think most people anticipated that Phil’s handpicked guy would jump at the opportunity to work with him but Kerr is coming across like all he cares about is getting paid.

  17. csbanter - May 14, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Kerr is about to run afoul with MSG, he’s doing a Jeremy Lin play here. Lin played both sides in his negotiations with the Knicks and Rockets and wound up on the short end of things. If Jackson was trying to hire Coach K I can understand but he’s going after a TV announcer.

    • Kurt Helin - May 14, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Actually, I think Lin did very well financially on that deal.

  18. unfly - May 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    I really don’t understand why Kerr is in such high demand when he’s never been a coach, or why Golden State thinks it will be a good idea to replace the guy your stars loved playing for with an unproven commodity.

    • mogogo1 - May 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Pretty bizarre. Both guys are former point guards, only Jackson was still playing a couple years after Kerr had already retired, and Jackson has actually had success as a coach. No clue what anybody thinks Kerr will bring to the table other than he might kiss management’s behind a bit more readily.

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