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Marv Albert helped influence Steve Kerr, saying “it never ends well” with James Dolan

May 16, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

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Steve Kerr was smart. He was patient, he did his research.

He trusted Phil Jackson and believed in what Jackson is trying to build in New York, but there were other issues. What is Carmelo Anthony going to do? Actually, a glance at the entirety of the Knicks roster should have given him pause.

And then there’s owner James Dolan.

Dolan says Jackson is in charge and he never really wanted to be involved in the basketball operations anyway — I challenge you to find someone who actually believes that will last. Well, besides Dolan himself. I’m sure he’s convinced himself that is the truth.

Kerr did his research and as part of that talked to former Knicks broadcaster Marv Albert — the voice of the Knicks for 37 years until he and Dolan had a falling out (Dolan reportedly thought Albert too critical of the Knicks). And Albert gave it to Kerr straight, which didn’t help the Knicks cause, reports the New York Daily News.

Throughout the process, reports surfaced about Kerr researching Garden culture under Dolan, which included conversations with Albert, his TNT partner. “Steve reads everything. This was not something he didn’t know,” Albert said. “But he wanted to get deeper into it….

“Well, I told him it never ends well there. Just look at recent history. It’s because of one man (Dolan),” Albert told me Thursday over the telephone. “There is no happiness there. I say this with all kinds of friends I have there and (the ones) at the MSG Network. Everybody hates being there. For coaches it’s very difficult. Steve couldn’t accept anyone (from MSG’s PR staff) following him around with a tape recorder. Like Phil, Steve is a guy who wants to say what he wants to say,” Albert continued. “He’s very opinionated, which doesn’t always work when you are at the Garden.”

Reshaping the culture of the New York Knicks is Phil Jackson;s biggest priority — that is what is needed to get top talent to come and to retain it (not hat we are sold Kerr is a top talent yet, but he was Jackson’s guy).

What Albert told Kerr did not make the decision for Steve, there were a lot of factors going into him choosing Golden State — one more guaranteed contract year, vastly superior roster, getting to stay close to his family on the West Coast, and more. But this didn’t help. Kerr wants a situation he can succeed and with the specter of Dolan looming over the organization still it’s legitimate to ask if he will sabotage things. Again.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    My man Marv Albert is right. Honestly, Albert shouldn’t have to tell Kerr that. Kerr should have already known that the Knicks are cursed.

    • bucrightoff - May 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      They aren’t cursed, they are horribly run by a totally incompetent owner. Slight difference.

      • sportsfan18 - May 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        MLB has Jeffrey Loria of the Marlins…

        NFL has Synder and Jones… yes, they’re tied…

        NBA has Sterling and Dolan…

      • cantonb0und13 - May 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Jerry Jones have 3 rings. Yeah, he’s such a bad owner…

    • cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Shut up idiot.

      • jimeejohnson - May 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Talkin’ to yourself, literally!

    • duhwighthoward - May 16, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      He’s your man, huh? Why doesn’t that come as a surprise?

    • goodtogo28 - May 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      sounds like Marv took a big bite out of the big apple and the knicks.

  2. bhunter1995 - May 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    It never ends well with coaches, unless your Greg Popovich or Phil Jackson you are hired to be fired. The reason Kerr joined the Warriors is because he want a winning record on his belt and a playoff berth.

    • slowclyde86 - May 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      You say that as if it is a bad thing. OF COURSE he wants to win, and that is not consistently possible under current ownership.

      • bhunter1995 - May 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        I didn’t say it like its a bad thing? How did you get that from my post? I respect his decision for that reason, why would he go to a struggling franchise so that he could have a terrible record as a first year head coach, which would stagger his career as a head coach. The Knicks will suck next year, there is no way around it and then its a crapshoot in free agency, no one knows who they will pick up they might lose melo this off season and get no one in the 2015 free agent pool, could they have three all stars after the summer of 2015? Its unlikely but possible, its up in the air at this point, why go to a situation with no stability when there is a team that wants you that has a chance to go deep in the playoffs and has an excellent defensive roster.

    • AZ Dem - May 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      No, it’s because Kerr is personal friends with both the owner of GSW and its GM. I think he only considered the NYK job as a courtesy. And, also, to drive up the price.

  3. azarkhan - May 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    “Steve couldn’t accept anyone (from MSG’s PR staff) following him around with a tape recorder.”

    Big Brother is watching and listening.

    • apkyletexas - May 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Maybe Mark Jackson shouldn’t go there after all.

  4. blantoncollier - May 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Yes!!!!

    • cantonb0und13 - May 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Shot fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. spursareold - May 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Marv, you’re no longer allowed in the MSG VIP area….

  6. cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Marv was upset after they told him he could no longer crossdress.

    • limonadamas - May 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      You disagree with what he said? Really?

  7. davidly - May 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    The wild and the wacky…

  8. adoombray - May 16, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    to paraphrase Nick Saban, the best predictor of future results is past results. A bad coach can win with a good roster way easier than a good coach can win with a bad one, and the knicks have nothing in the cupboard.

  9. jimeejohnson - May 16, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Not only are the Knicks cursed, but New Yawk is a pit of feces and the sphincter of the Universe. Kerr made his decision knowing New Yawk sucks.

    • cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Every time you open your fat mouth you make people around you dumber.

  10. antistratfordian - May 16, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    You know what they say about New York City. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. There’s a lot of truth to that.

    Kerr wouldn’t make it in NYC. You can tell that just by looking at him. It’s too cutthroat. He obviously prefers the more laid back west coast.

    • asimonetti88 - May 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      I love when people say that, like a West Coaster couldn’t survive in NYC. Thousands of East Coasters move to the West Coast every year and can’t make it here. You seem them all over… they stick out like sore thumbs lol…

      • antistratfordian - May 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Live in New York City for a while then get back to me.

      • asimonetti88 - May 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        If I’m going to spend that much money to live somewhere, I’d rather live in San Francisco.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      So Phil Jackson thought Kerr could make it in NYC – by what faulty thinking, in your view?

      • antistratfordian - May 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Nobody’s perfect.

  11. norcalsportsknowledge - May 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Dolan’s decision to fire Marv really came back to bite him in the a**! sorry had to

  12. bonezone12345 - May 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    It never ends well when you dress up as a lady and forcibly bite a woman on the a**…

  13. chargrz - May 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Maybe the other owners can vote him out and take away Dolan’s team? that is the current trend.

  14. ravenswhat - May 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Wake up Dolan. That’s your reality check. You can’t even get Phil’s hand picked guy because your reputation is so bad.

  15. jollyjoker2 - May 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    they are both equally qualified to coach so who knows if he is right or not.

  16. bbk1000 - May 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Kerr could wear women’s undergarments while biting into a late night snack and nobody would care…..

    Let’s move on, we need a coach…

  17. cubb1 - May 16, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I hope Dolan NEVER gets rid of the Knicks.

  18. 700levelvet - May 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Isn’t Albert the grown man in lingerie and a bad rug ?

  19. AZ Dem - May 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Everybody knows that working for the NYK, in whatever capacity, is the worst job in the world. Dolan is a mad man.

    Which makes me question why on earth would Jackson sign up for a term in that looney bin.

    I think Kerr took meetings with Jackson as a courtesy. Kerr also wanted to get a feel for the culture of the franchise. Is it going to be a Dolan Culture or is it going to be a Jackson Culture. Obviously Kerr thinks it’s going to continue to be a Dolan Culture.

    I think it’s time to start thinking about the Over/Under in regards to Jackson’s tenure. When is he going to abandon ship? I don’t see Jackson riding this car wreck all the way to the end of his contract.

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