Playoffs affecting Knicks coaching search

Harris Decker

Steve Kerr is in a very precarious situation right now. On the surface, he is being paid by Turner Sports to provide commentary during their NBA Playoffs broadcasts, alongside Marv Albert. Below the surface, mostly in his head, Kerr is pondering his situation following this season. His longtime friend Phil Jackson has met with him about coaching the Knicks and while his body might be following the Nets and Raptors around, his head is clearly inside Madison Square Garden.

steve-kerr-3During Sunday nights broadcast, Kerr was asked repeatedly by Albert about the situation. Kerr tried his best to deflect the questions, but you could tell that it was hard for the two to agree on a place to end the discussion. There were even moments when Kerr seemed annoyed by the badgering. Albert is a reporter. He wants to break the story — and for the moment, in New York — Kerr is the story.

The question I have is, at what point does Kerr resign from TNT and accept the Knicks coaching position? I don’t think it’s a matter of if, it’s a question of when. Kerr will take the job and will then start to work with Jackson on rebuilding the franchise. He won’t be able to do that while he’s broadcasting for Turner Sports. Just imagine for a moment that Kerr takes the job and then is a part of the broadcast that night. His byline would read: Steve Kerr, NBA Analyst, Knicks Head Coach.

So when does it makes sense for Kerr and TNT to part ways? Is it at the conclusion of the first round? If that is the case, you have to wonder if TNT has discussed who would fill in for him, sitting alongside Marv Albert for the remainder of the playoffs. Albert is a mainstay on NBA broadcasts and replacing Kerr will be no easy task. Still, I think it makes sense for Kerr to step aside after the first round, ending the speculation and agreeing to join Jackson in New York.

Hopefully this doesn’t go on much longer, but until then, I’ll be looking forward to Kerr dodging Marv’s questions during their next broadcast. For all we know, any night could be Kerr’s final one on television.

Sam Spiegelman

Harris hit it right on the head, and coincidentally, our answer came just about an hour later.

According to ESPN, a deal between Kerr and the Knicks is expected to come after the first round of the NBA playoffs come to an end.

It is my understanding that Jackson will allow Kerr to finish announcing games for TNT, and the network may not need Kerr for Round 2. Per ESPN, Jackson wants Kerr to be in the building by next month.




223 comments
TradeCarmelo
TradeCarmelo

steve kerr nor phil Jackson want Carmelo Anthony

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

with all the fighting going on in Indy, Lance Stephenson may wanna come home. 5mill extra added to the cap along with Melo clearin a lil space may help....Bring in Lance, maybe Pau and put Felton, THjr and Bargs on the block for somebody special

knickster
knickster

Can Silver force Melo to re-sign for the veteran minimum?

rgm891
rgm891

Now back to the NYK's and the amazing NBA Playoffs.  I hope CP3 doesnt use this as an excuse as to why he was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

ngrant13602
ngrant13602

We can finally get back to basketball.

ngrant13602
ngrant13602

Great decision Mr Silver. Now its up to the owners to finish him off.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

I told u all silver had the power...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Good job silver..now get to the root of the problem?  What is the root?  The "They" sterling is referring to on the tape.  "They" were going to "bother" him if his Gf kept associating with black people...who is the they?  Amazing not even a reporter ask this question..smh.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

NBA players are commenting with Tyson Chandler in attendance. Kareem showed up as well.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Seeing that the Clips sale could net over $1billion.  If that's true, Dolan probably could get well over $2 billion for the Knicks.

God I wish he would make that sale

tw22
tw22

AS for Kerr, since the Knicks are not in the playoffs, there is nothing stopping him from being named coach and doing the analyst job. Doug Collins once took a job while workjing as an analyst. It might be more about Phil wanting him to get right to work, or TNT having a particular clause in their contract.

PhilNYCJacksonERA9
PhilNYCJacksonERA9

now give Larry Johnson a fine for that stupid ass comment he made.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

If the owners votes go anonymous which they probably will...expect him to not be voted out.

brookdon
brookdon

This vote will be a full 30-0. No owner wants to be that guy to vote for Sterling. Not to mention once that owners name gets out, mutiny would be released on that owners team.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Silver last statements was that he fully expects to get the 3/4 votes that he needs to vote Sterling out!   Now that's good news!

PhilNYCJacksonERA9
PhilNYCJacksonERA9

good stuff Silver, you got more balls then David Stern, Sterling F#UCK YOU ugly ass racist looking mutherf#cker.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

CNN had a former NBA attorney, David Cornwall, that said the owners can terminate the Clippers franchise. So rather than forcing him to sell, they can just kick the team out of the NBA and Sterling will own nothing. The players will be free agents.

That would force him to sell quickly.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@illmatix what their most likely waiting for is to see who gets ousted first round in order to make swift moves on puttin a team together

brookdon
brookdon

Know any billionaires? lol

brookdon
brookdon

Nothing's anonymous. Remember the Mitchell Report?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@MeloStat301  

That would be the worst thing the NBA could ever do and basically ruin the league. America stands united against Sterling and his ilk.

tw22
tw22

@brookdon Do not underestimate the power of cronyism and corporate control.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@brookdon If its anonymous voting, I don't expect him to be voted out...if they put them on blast he is as good as gone.

tw22
tw22

@Knicks_Fanatic Its really all they can do. Unless there is language within the agreement between the owners stating that the owners themselves can vote to have the NBA take over the franchise, like MLB did with the Dodgers, Sterling can choose not to pay his players because he is not being given access to his property.

Silver made the right choice, since there was no other. Professional basketball relies on the inner city. If Sterling wants a chance to save face for his decades long position at the top of worst professional franchise owners list he will simply steop away and allow the team to be sold, disappear into the sunset and collect his 30 %. But the opening this franchise up to sale begs the question. can the franchise be moved? Might they drive up the PCH to Seattle if the right ownership group gets the nod? LA is not a sports town its a town where celebrities watch sports. For years the Clippers were a laughing stock in that town, and Sterling refused to move them or take a real role in making them better. Perhaps the ultimate FU is to have him sell the team and move from LA.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic YEP That's the way to go providing the owners stand up and vote the way they are projecting outrage publicly.  We shall see!  Cuban is already moonwalking  sort of.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@tw22 @brookdonDon't underestimate the backlash if they go back on their commitment to get this dude out.

brookdon
brookdon

@MeloStat301 There's no such thing as anonymous voting. Names would leak regardless. It's suicide for an owner to vote for sterling at this point

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@orlando_knickfan @brookdon  Say what you want about Dolan as being a dumbass when it comes to basketball, he still gives a lot of charity, and is seemingly a good person.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@xmenreturn @Knicks_Fanatic 

The owners want him out. They all want him gone. They have to decide what is the best and quickest way to remove him. Sterling could tie this up in court for years, so they need to use both the carrot and the stick.

rico
rico

@Seth Plaut @orlando_knickfan @brookdon  nobody is all good or all bad. Sterling was going to get an award from the NAACP so I guess he's done something of merit..as for Dolan, yes he's involved with charities (rich people have to be) but that doesn't make him a nice guy. He's treated his MSG employees like crap for over a decade

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic Sterling like all owners agreed to the bylaws of their owners club.  They can vote him out period. 

No one is going to touch Sterling if at least 3/4 of the owners vote him out.  

He might be Sterling but it's Silver that has the cards now. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@xmenreturn  

Not if Sterling goes to court and gets an injunction. It could be tied up for years. Sterling would then play the victim card and continue to give the NBA more grief.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic True but it they vote him out this could be a lot quicker.  

Silver just stated that expects to get the 3/4 vote he needs!  My Man!