Amar’e Stoudemire, who played under Kerr with Suns, endorses him as Knicks coach

Sam Spiegelman

It looks as if all signs point to the Knicks hiring Steve Kerr as head coach, and that’s cool with Amar’e Stoudemire.

In an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on ESPN Radio this week, Stoudemire, who played with the Suns while Kerr was in the front office, gave him a ringing endorsement as a potential head coach.

“I like Steve Kerr. For one, when he was a GM (in Phoenix, when Stoudemire was with the Suns) he was always preaching about winning and winning a title and that’s something that I adored about him,” Stoudemire said. “And then also, secondly, he has a formula to win; he’s been a winner in this league before. He wants to win. And he reminds me of somewhat of a player-coach that knows the game and knows what players go through as far as ups and downs throughout the year and that’s going to help him.”

ESPN reported Sunday that the Knicks are becoming more and more likely to land Kerr as their head coach. Their greatest competition came in the form of the Golden State Warriors, who believe Kerr is too deeply involved in talks with the Knicks.

Kerr will remain an analyst for TNT during the NBA playoffs before officially accepting a position.




34 comments
Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

That was some UCLA team with Collison, Westbrook, Love, and Mbah a Moute. 

We almost had Collison and Barnes at the trade deadline for Shump and Felton, but Shump sprained his knee.

brookdon
brookdon

Great finish to this game.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Spurs look like they want that Trophy the way they're manhandling Portland ..i don't see Miami beating the Spurs this go round if OKC don't get pass them 

solar_lion
solar_lion

What do you get when you add Melo to the Triangle offense?


The I solo please triangle (Isosceles triangle).

lobcity1
lobcity1

D.Jordan over tyson and hes shooting air ball free throws? LOL, FOH

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Steve Kerr played for six teams in his 15 years in the NBA, going from the Suns to the Cavaliers to the Magic and to the Bulls, before moving on to the Spurs, Blazers and back to the Spurs. Along the way, he set a record for career 3-point shooting (726-for-1599, .454) that still stands, and an unofficial record for Most Productive Career by a Journeyman. Titles kept following Kerr around — he won three with the Bulls and two more with the Spurs — and people close to him insist it was no accident. Tex Winter, Phil Jackson’s longtime assistant and the sage behind the triangle offense, said Kerr understood more about the intricacies of the triangle than any player he’d ever seen.

“When you talk about Steve, you are talking about a very smart basketball player,” said former Bulls teammate Toni Kukoc. “He knew his limitations. He knew the system. He knew everything there was to know about basketball.”

Kerr played for the Bulls for five years — the longest stay of his career —and it was in Chicago that he cemented his status as a long-range weapon without peer. For the four seasons between 1993 and 1997, he never missed a game, and for the last three of them, put up 3-point percentages of .524, .515 and .464. Overall, he hit 311 of his 644 threes, which might be the best run of long-range shooting the league has ever seen.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/zone-steve-kerr-15-years-nba-surprises-including-article-1.1787352#ixzz31RMMQAU6

jax13
jax13

Lookin forward to getting coaching staff n rest of front office in order. Also want playoffs over so we can begin making moves with players.

Love the vision from Phil jax, he has a vision n hopefully he gets everyone on his wish list. It is going to be nice with a clear cut system.

I wanna see what Phil can do with this roster for next season......

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

For the last time, NOWHERE does it say he is not accepting a position until he is done broadcasting. It states that HE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO even after he takes the Knicks job. When will the authors of this blog stop making the same errors? 

jeandd323
jeandd323

Enough  - I have enough of the saber-rattling ...Hire the man already

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

The funniest part of that article, which isn't included, is how Amare thinks he fits into Kerr's mindset because bigs need to be versatile in their games and put the ball on the floor, have nice range, and pass out of double teams.....

that got a laugh out of me.

Chris
Chris

@Sandro Guedes  You don`t, so you should hope he doesn`t do that, but of course we know you can`t wait for him to leave

jax13
jax13

Easily, he won't join them....he wants big market. Dallas ain't big enough. Also you think he wants western conference?

Also not a lick of defense would be played by those three as your main players

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@Sandro Guedes Melo responds.... No need to contemplate these scenario's! During dinner "RINGS" promised me if I take a contract worth 120 million he'll take me to "THE NEXT LEVEL"! We agreed & promised him while I'm being wooed by other teams I won't be a "RAT" like LIN tell NY fans I want to stay but then sign a "POISON PILL DEAL"!!! 



MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Tomorrow it will say..."deal to be completed by Thursday.."...lol...

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Sandro Guedes  

The effort he's put in on both ends has been tremendous.  Even that last series - the 2nd half of Game 7?  Curry got his, but CP made him earn it while playing through a bad hamstring.  This series, he has defended spent time defending Westbrook while being the Clips' primary playmaker (and even best 3-pt shooter).

#LeadershipByExample

brookdon
brookdon

To be fair, didn't you kill Woodson for allowing similar switches to happen earlier on in the season? I didn't see posts about Felton being a competitor for having to guard Aldridge lol

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Seth Plaut misrepresenting a story draws readers and generates hits. The Blog writers are doing their job. Yes, I'm cynical.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@VerySilentJay STAT has a one track mind on offense. He always has tunnel vision and hasn't proven to be a great passer.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@MeloStat301  

I love the way reporters hedge in their tweets - the Kerr deal "could" be completed by Monday (or it might not). What a scoop

lobcity1
lobcity1

Sandro.

And Getting outplayed by ibaka.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Ray Jorge @Sandro Guedes  

Nah, in that case, the Knicks would be giving him a $24M bonus (up from the $96M he can get on the market)

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

I agree man...I want clips to win...but they might not have enough...defensively. They need a Battier tony Allen type....and miss bledsoe right about now...athletic u know..

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Not really the game plan...he had prime garnet pierce rondo..Allen...better players...

solar_lion
solar_lion

@kingofny @lobcityHe's limited in those sorts of games and we still don't know if he's fully healthy and can exploit his quickness as he use to while with the Celtics and their former core of players.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Kingofny.

Good point but Rondo Free throws is not as bad as D. Jordan and hes wayy to good.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@kingofny Agreed. Also consider that Jordan's boost in production has taken place under a top tier coach, whereas NY's former defensive player of the year's decline in production took place under a clueless headcoach who lost many of the players in the locker room and put Chandler in an uncompromising position with his switching defense. I understand Sandro's point but in the simple context of who each plays with and what else each brings to the table aside from those raw numbers, other numbers- free throw percentage - makes Jordan seem to be a benefactor of better circumstances than Chandler.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Kingofny.

Lol.. He don't want to do that though!

If he can't stay out on the court in close games then what's the point of having him?

solar_lion
solar_lion

@VerySilentJay @solar_lionThe main star on any Knicks team will always have his game dissected ad nauseaum by the fans and media. It goes with playing in NY. And context will be disregarded in such assessments.