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