Harris DeckerSteve 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.
During 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 SpiegelmanHarris 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.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 29, 2014
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.