Lute Olson: Knicks still No. 1 option for Steve Kerr

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Even though the Golden State Warriors job is now open, the Knicks remain the No. 1 option for Steve Kerr, legendary former Arizona coach Lute Olson says.

“I don’t know if [the Warriors] would come after him or not but I don’t think anything has changed in terms of the job that he would want, is the Knicks’ job,” Olson told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog Tuesday afternoon.

The Warriors on Tuesday fired Mark Jackson after three seasons, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported “they will likely move quickly to reach out to Kerr, who has strong relationships with owner Joe Lacob and president Rick Welts, league sources said.”

Kerr lives in Rancho Sante Fe, Cal., and his children all have ties to the area. One son plays basketball at the University of San Diego. A daughter attends Cal-Berkeley. And his youngest son will be a senior in high school next year. Olson previously said Kerr was prepared to spend a year away from his wife, Margot, and his family if he took the Knicks job.

There have been reports that Kerr would make a decision by the end of this week — Thursday or Friday.

Olson said he hasn’t spoken with Kerr since last week but expected that Kerr would decide soon.

“Well, I had expected it to happen as soon as the first round [of the NBA playoffs] was over, but your guess is as good as mine on this,” Olson said.

Olson told SNY.tv last week that Kerr would want to work for Knicks President Phil Jackson, whom he played for with the Chicago Bulls and with whom he has met several times recently.

“I think that because of Phil Jackson, I think that’s the reason he’d go [to the Knicks] because of his being so familiar with Phil,” Olson said Tuesday


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




161 comments
VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

TKB's collective IQ and overall pleansentries has turned to sh!t in less than a month and a half of non-Knick basketball.


80% of you, get a grip and enjoy talking ball.

rgm891
rgm891

Let's get the ball rolling baby!!! Do you guys believe mark jackson will land another gig next season?

Chris
Chris

Irvie, you on under an alias? I`m still here, Why you picking on women? Not brave enough to go after men? You are still a fool.  ps I have 3 kids in the  county tourney ahole

hashburry
hashburry

If the Warriors are really in the mix, I find it hard to believe Kerr won't take the job.  Better talent new stadium coming, great fans, and Tom Tolbert, one of Kerr's best friends and a sports radio caster out here is in his ear to absolutely not take the Knick job.


Who knows if Kerr is the next Popovich or turns out to be overmatched as an NBA coach.  The bigger issue is if he doesn't take the Knick job it is just another sign that the Knicks aren't a premiere franchise while Dolan owns it and it is no slam dunk that Jackson can convince elite coaches and players to join him.  I am not sure Knick fans realize just how toxic the Knicks' environment is viewed by others around the country.

cole3244
cole3244

whats not to like in knicks land, we have a mvp in waiting, a hof gm, an all star coach, and all the other gm's are waiting to trade for our rejects and give us starting material. 

i mean from reading these comments can the ecf or champ be but months away, the positive patsy's say its so therefore it must be.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

So Phil is out getting Kerr his assistants and people here are worried about a bidding war?  Ok.  Don't believe the HYYYYPE!!! Like PE.  ha

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Who cares who the coach is! If "Rings" gives his stamp of approval i'll roll with it! My issue is watching the knicks roll out terrible point guards year after year is so frustrating!!! When's the last time we had a decent point guard since Rod Strickland???(Please don't say Mark Jackson, dude was slow & terrible defensively) I'm tired of watching excellent point guard play(my jealous heart can't take it anymore) & the knicks continue to surround Melo with has beens or Lin Felton Prigs Udrich etc....! Please Phil bring in a top 10 pg!!! THAT'S MY FOCUS!!!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

These blowout games put me straight to sleep lol. I miss the first round already!

rgm891
rgm891

Hopefully the second round isn't all blowouts. Lmao except for the nets and pacers. Keep doing u roy!!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Where are all the late birds? The one night game time wine hasn't knocked me out and nobody's home. LOL

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@pezhao  LOL.  lebron will joining them at a charity event.  That will be the extent of their "joining."

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@hashburry  Christ, it's not as if Kerr is the second coming. I wouldn't lose sleep at all if he didn't come over to NY.

Unproven rookie coach willing to let his GM intrude in every aspect of his job. That's a strange dynamic by itself.

If Kerr was a proven commodity, then I'd be worried if he went somewhere else.


There are other options out there. Proven options.

There even are options that still fit what Jax wants to do. 

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK  

The Warriors might be an attractive spot for Kerr - good young talent and great location.  But the Lakers?  Why would a 1st-year coach want to try and coach a cranky 35 year-old Kobe and an aging, slowing 33 year-old Pau surrounded by D-Leaguers? I don't even see why the Lakers would want someone with no experience.

rgm891
rgm891

If phil want him everyone wants him lmao

rgm891
rgm891

Cinco de Mayo lives on!!!!!!! I love it.

johneco
johneco

@moneyball   Rondo is just not a triangle PG in any way shape or form.  People, get with the program, there's no chance we trade for someone like Rondo now, even if Boston would do that trade (which they wouldn't).

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

I wish moneyball. BTW cool handle. 

Let's get rid of Chandler, Beetlejuice and the weedster. lol 

Feeling silly tonight.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Knicks_Fanatic @ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK  

Oh yeah, I forgot about that minor detail...lol.  Truly professional atmosphere we have here at MSG


Though I gotta say, some of those stories coming out of Golden State are conjuring up a somewhat MSG-like atmosphere - meddling owner, assistant coaches secretly taping private conversations, etc. (well, except for the season win total)

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@rgm891  Party over here!!! LOL Except the Knicks should be in playoffs. Next season will be different.

Chris
Chris

Irvie pezhao a ignorant ahole. Don't let him bother you knickgirl.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@pezhao @thatsagoodpoint  Listen you, you better leave me be. I'm a woman and there's someone who posts regularly on here who knows that. You are a sicko. I will get you banned for bullying if you don't leave me alone.

hashburry
hashburry

@pezhao The ring thing is so overplayed.  Riley came up with that when LeBron had zero rings.  Riley is ahead of Jackson in everything.  So Riley's ability to steer a team doesn't matter?  LeBron is not heading to NY.  The Knicks will bring in Love who will rebound and score and play no D and the Knicks will continue to be the Knicks.

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

@pezhao Oh I do agree with you but the question still remains as it did for many years now... What is a sucker or knick fan to do ???? The correct answer is....... Suckers cant do a damn thing really but watch!!!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@pezhao  LLLLLMMMMMAAAAAAOOOOOO! You are dismissed pissy.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@pezhao I never pretended to be a male coach. I was firebaldy. A fan who wanted to get rid of Woody and who cursed like a sailor. 

And who are you o wise azz? Folks are calling you Irvin. You a carnival midget or something?

You mad because I discounted your little diatribe? You'll get over it. 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@pezhao Phil is a GREAT teacher. YOU couldn't teach our roster the Triangle because you are not a master at teaching it but PJ is. The average person/coach could not get it in the heads of most players. PJ is far from average. I'm not the least bit worried and refuse to put any credence to your debbie downer attitude.


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@pezhao @ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK I usually don't agree with you Irvin, but you do have some valid points.  Listen, this is what we have and we have to roll with it....until dolan sells, which isn't happening, success might be far off.


But...Dolan taking a back seat might be the closest thing we get to him selling....to having Phil Jackson in place running the basketball decisions might be a good thing, or he could be Isaiah again..nobody knows for sure.  Its what we have..and you cant blame folks for being excited.  I am cautiously optimistic....fingers crossed in a sense...Ha.

rgm891
rgm891

I remember coming home from bball practice to my dad and brother watching a knicks game. They have stuck with me ever since. I joined the family fun also. My friends were big sports fans so I jumped on the band wagon. The roller coaster continues

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@rgm891  Most of my family are crazy Knick fans and I just joined in the fun of it all. I really love 'em.

rgm891
rgm891

How u become a big knicks fan?

rgm891
rgm891

Lmao I hear yeah. Ironically I started posting when Dantoni legit shi% the bed. Great minds think alike.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@rgm891  No. Not until I just got so fed up with Woodson. I couldn't stand it anymore so I started posting about him.

rgm891
rgm891

If u dont mind me asking but have u always posted on this site?

rgm891
rgm891

Haha if your a girl it doesn't matter. You guys can get in anywhere even if u look 16 years old. The stuggle

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@rgm891  Awww! Life can be fun. Live it up. Not if your under 21 though. lol

Life can still be fun without drinking.

rgm891
rgm891

I am so down. Can't ever say no to having a good time.

I am going to have a glass of wine now. Who cares it's almost 12 am

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Josh Gabriel @knicksgirl35  Everyone took a step back with Woody. If we have to keep him, PJ will demand he shape up and he may be an adequate bencher.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Josh Gabriel @knicksgirl35  lmao. You ever watch that nut Howard Stern? I guess not because you would know Beetlejuice if you did. Google him. He reminds me of Ray Ray.