Could Steve Kerr turn down an offer from Phil?

Harris Decker

I’ve been trying to think about the Knicks coaching situation from psychological perspective over the past few days. To be fair, I have no background in the field, but in many cases it’s easy to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. This is one of those cases.

Steve KerrFor Steve Kerr, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. He is likely leaving his career at TNT to take a head coaching position in the NBA. You’d imagine that he’s planning to hold this job for quite some time. Similar to free agents who make the most of their time in the sun, this is Kerr’s time to be courted, wined, dined and paraded around town. If you were Kerr, you’d be doing the exact same thing. At no other time in his life will he be coveted the way he is right at this moment.

So, now that the horse and pony show has begun, we get back to the mind of Kerr. Inside his brain, millions of scenarios are playing out. Could he win a title with the Knicks? Would he rather stay in California? Can Phil Jackson put a winning team around Kerr?

The real question in my mind is, could Kerr actually turn down an offer from Phil Jackson?

There will be no love lost between Kerr and Jackson over this situation. If Jackson were in the same position he’d be acting the same way. He’d carefully weigh his options and then make a decision. Kerr is doing just that and my question stands. Put yourself into the mind of Steve Kerr. You’ve been offered a job by a guy that took you to the promised land as a player and whom you’ve respected for a very long time. He’s now running the New York Knicks and is offering you the coaching job. Could you say no?

One thing that I don’t believe is getting enough attention is the power that Kerr would gain as head coach of the Knicks. On other teams there are general managers, presidents, owners and players to contend with. If Kerr were to come to New York, he’d be the number two basketball guy under Jackson. It’s been made clear that James Dolan is not making the player and personnel decisions and with Jackson here, Kerr would be the right hand man, in addition to his responsibilities as coach.

With all of that factored in, we revisit the question. Could Steve Kerr turn down an offer from Phil Jackson? The answer for me is a firm no. Kerr will enjoy his time being chauffeured around Golden State and New York but in the end he’ll end up right here in New York with his old buddy Phil.




220 comments
BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Kerr wants 5 yr-$30M deal as a first-time coach (at any level). Article on CBSSports; can't post from phone

C0P0
C0P0

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Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

GSW planning on interviewing Hollins, so I'm assuming Kerr is on his way to NY

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr had better focus on defense. All this talk about offense and the triangle is meaningless, if we can't defend and get stops. Trading Chandler and Shumpert would be a major mistake. They are our best defenders. We need a defensive system that works.

The following is based on Hollinger's defensive efficiency stats.

1-10 All Ten teams made the playoffs.

11-20 Five of ten made the playoofs.

21-30 One team, Dallas, made the playoffs.

No one needs to guess where the Knicks finished on defense.

kofi
kofi

If Tysons Chandler is as bad as most people on this blog thinks...why is it that so many teams are interested in him? The man has a ring...He knows how winning basketball is supposed to be played. This team under achieved this season because of internal issues. I now know this FACTUALLY. I've spoken to someone that has been around this team a great deal. The team was divided most of the season...players on the team feel like Melo is a diva! On and off the floor, and Mike Woodson enabled him on the floor with his isolation plays.

I agree with some here that Tyson didn't play hard for a great part of the season, but try putting yourself in his position....just a few years ago you anchored the defense of a championship team, and now this foolish coach is not willing to take your advice on the defensive end? Come on I wouldn't have played hard either.

I don't think Melo will be back...not just because he may be interested in other team's. I don't think Kerr's big on him...neither do I believe Phill is willing to pay him max $'s we'll see what happens.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Tonight just show that OKC issue is not Westbrook it's having a consistent 3rd scorer. Ibaka showed up and OKC won.

Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

It really does not take that quick to find a right coach for ny. but the most important thing can the team still revive to become an nba team. every year im watching this team, no productiveness or creativity is coming out of this group. regardless of whether we are in the playoffs or not, but we make a lot of mistakes this season in our home games and management and needs to be adjust.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

Anyone think the Thunder will trade Reggie Jackson to the Knicks? I heard they want Chandler.

brookdon
brookdon

Dayum. This guy better be Greg Popovich lol

1harris1
1harris1

Let's hope so. This has taken too long. You'd think this was Popovich we were chasing with all the back and forth.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Lionel Hollins is expected to interview for Warriors head coach opening during the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago next week, a source said.

1harris1
1harris1

Nets. The only game they take in the series.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

If you read Phil's book and understand the triangle you would realize that this system allows players to be better defensively because they are always in position to get back and play. With poor offensive floor spacing it leads to poor defense on the other end.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@kofi  The answer is quite simple: he's not as bad of a player as many here make him out to be. Just read the way this place flip flops every 2 months.

2 months ago, Hibbert was the All-Star who torched Chandler. Now, he's a scrub that gets outplayed by Gortat and Atlanta's scrub C.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@kofi. OVER PAID!! Teams are lining up because it's final year of his contract and he's not injured...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@akamarb I think the WIZ win...but the lack of playoff experience between beal and wall showed...I think they have enough talent to pull it off.  Indiana I think some of those guys don't like each other...and the roster is a ticking time bomb right now...they say winning cures everything, but I don't see the Pacers pulling it off.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@carl hill Is it me or the slowness of baseball is so boring!!! Used to be a big fan 70 80 90's but I can only stomach an inning or 2. 162 games is brutal! Shorten the innings to 7 install 24 seconds to deliver a pitch & shortened the games per season to 122! Also get rid of the farm system & allow kids to be drafted straight out of college like the other sports.

brookdon
brookdon

Westbrook is inconsistent. Some nights he's like this, others he is overly erratic.

Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

@lobcity why u thought clippers will win? before the game perkins was saying that he likes the clippers going physical and easy on them, by then, kd is pretty much outscored the clippers by thirty six. not just with scoring, the main importance is defense that fits with talent

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@akamarb  

The Isiah 2006-07 Knicks had a $117 million payroll and a 33-49 record. That is the most expensive team in NBA history.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Josh Gabriel  Did you hear OKC wanted Chandler from wishful TKBers? 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Seth Nadler  

It's one thing to be in position to get back and play defense and it's another to get back and play defense. We need far more than a system on offense that positions players to get back and defend. For professional players, our guys have poor fundamentals on the D side of the ball. Phil needs to address fundamental weaknesses and how to play proper defense. We take the easy way out far too often and don't give 100%.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@akamarb  

14 Atlanta 104.1

24 Knicks 106.3

The teams below us were New Orleans, Detroit, Philly, Lakers, Milwaukee, and Utah.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@kingofny @kofi  

Kofi didn't say that Phil dislikes Melo - he just said that he doesn't think Phil is willing to pay Melo max dollars. Phil has intimated as much:

"Because the way things have been structured now financially for teams is that it's really hard to have one or two top stars or max players, and to put together a team with enough talent, you've got to have people making sacrifices financially...If it's in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it's not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We're going forward anyway."

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@akamarb He averages 17 shots, to Durants 21...stop it...he should be at 14 with Durant at 18..let others who can score get more touches.  Cant go off of one playoff game where he shot nearly 30 times..smh.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@kingofny @BigChiefTriangle  

I haven't read anything about Kerr disliking Melo at all - so that seems like a complete guess on Kofi's part.  Kerr did once state that he "hates isolation basketball", for what it's worth.  But that still may be completely unrelated to Carmelo - Kerr may just as well believe Carmelo could be wildly successful in a different offensive scheme.


As for Melo's words regarding the paycut, right now they are just words.  People say a lot of things and then change their minds.  So I don't blame anyone for thinking a max contract might still be of interest to Melo's team

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@solar_lion @BigChiefTriangle  

"But that doesn't mean that those statements are mutually exclusive."

That's my point - saying "Phil does not want to pay Melo max $" does not mean "Phil does not see Melo as a part of the Knicks' future" (which was what kiyan responded to).  Kofi merely stated the former, which is consistent with Phil's words.


Like you said, we'll see how it pans out...the definition of "pay cut" can mean different things to the opposite sides of the negotiation table.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@akamarb True....how many rings though? LOL....I know u think they are winning it all...I don't think they are..time will tell!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@akamarb Youre not understanding what I said...both he and KD take many shots...KD doesn't need anymore shots he is up to 21 fga...westbrook can score the ball...and has shown he can get others involved...its better for him to be around 14....westbrook isn't OKC problem at all.


OKC needs to stop running sets with him as the 2 guard and Durant as a point forward...it doesn't really work due to it not being durants style of play...Durant works better off of catch and shoot...with westbrook a threat to score...he should have the ball more in his hands..limit his shots..getting more shots for KD and as well as others.

Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

@BigChiefTriangle wait wait wait. if darren collison's defense was bad in the playoffs, then how did score nothing in today's game?

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Josh Gabriel @BigChiefTriangle  Collison's defense has been pretty bad this playoffs, so I'm kind of low on him...but love the other names you mentioned.  Jackson would be a miraculous get, but I really like Livingston and Mills.  (And you know Phil would love the oversized Livingston as a PG;)  

Unfortunately all Knicks will have is tax-payer MLE of $3M when Livingston and Mills are FAs this summer.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@BigChiefTriangle I think the Knicks need a Point Guard first and for most. If they can make a trade for Reggie Jackson, that would be great. Other options they could possibly look at would be Darren Collison, Shaun Livingston, Patty Mills. They would also need a rebounder, especially if Chandler is moved. Maybe they could get Kris Humphries or Andray Blatche. I'm assuming Phil is gonna give Andrew Bynum a look, but you can't really rely on that.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@BigChiefTriangle  Personally I hope the Knicks trade Chandler in attempt to get something for him. At this point, if someone offers a 1st rd pick, I'd do it. 

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@BigChiefTriangle They wanted Shumpert at the deadline. They actually offered a 1st round pick, but the Knicks said no. I think Chandler would have use for them since they have Perkins, so even Chandler is an upgrade over him. It could happen.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Josh Gabriel @BigChiefTriangle  They might actually be interested in Shump since Thabo is a free-agent this summer, so a replacement for that starting 2G slot would be a need should Thabo leave

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@akamarb  

The Super Small-Ball Lineup

PG: Reggie Jackson

SG: Russell Westbrook

SF: James Harden

PF: Kevin Durant

C: Serge Ibaka

Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

@akamarb did you also look at the spurs. spurs have a legitimate chance to take on miami for a second chance because of their best frontcourt too. people think okc might not dethrone heat unless james harden is there. unreal. kendrick perkins and ibaka could not be that deficient in the playoffs. westbrook is like jr smith. be a backup scorer and a wingman for durant. but i see the same problems westbrook has. he can't even get through the hard paint he gets off when shooting three ptrs at time. one time he turned the ball over, he creates silly fouls

Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

@akamarb clippers im like nah. too much talent but not that championship caliber team.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Sandro Guedes @akamarb  

I wonder if they want a re-do on that Bledsoe-Dudley deal...Bledsoe's a bit shorter, but he has the strength, length, and athleticism to keep up with Russ

Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

@akamarb like our knicks fan say players just play with heart and wants to win. okc is just to good like any other team. i kept saying they are a young team with limited playoff experience. They have all their defensive weapons and a coach that is too smart for them.