“I do anticipate talking with Phil Jackson at some point. But when that time comes it will come but for now there’s really not a whole lot to talk about. … It’s going to be very interesting and obviously my name is being thrown around. I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation and we’ll see where it all goes.”
-Steve Kerr, on his SiriusXM NBA Radio show “Long Range”
Harris DeckerThis is a very weird situation. Steve Kerr is locked in to TNT for the next few weeks providing color commentary throughout the playoffs. He is also going to be the topic of discussions surrounding the future of the Knicks. If we assume that Kerr will wait until his role at TNT is finished for the season, then it’s also fair to say that the Knicks could be without a coach until the middle of June.
The NBA Draft is on June 26th, 2014. That means that the new coach, assuming it is Steve Kerr, might be just a few days into his tenure when the team enters the draft. It seems that no matter which direction the Knicks go in, Phil Jackson is in charge and decisions like how to handle trades before the draft will fall on him. Still, you’d imagine the new coach would want some level of involvement.
Kerr is still my pick to be the next Knicks head coach and while I’d love to see him hired before the playoffs are over, that is very much in question. Can you imagine a current coach doing color analysis about teams he’ll be facing in the upcoming season. Something just seems odd about that.