Quote: Kerr on Knicks coaching vacancy

“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 Decker

This 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.




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rgm891
rgm891

Steve kerr is not rejecting an offer from Phil Jackson. Jackson can relate to kerr with the traveling kids etc. Phil knows what he's doing.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Remember when some were thinking Phil gave good comments about Woody and maybe he would stay on?  

Remember just last week, Woody even had the audacity to say that if he's going to get fired then he doesn't have to meet with Phil, just do it 

Come Monday morning and it was done! 

Then Phil puts out

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a statement. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
“Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best.”

That 's how you do it!  You say nice political things while doing what you plan to do all along!  I'm guaranteeing ya that Melo and his peeps are taking note.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

Could OKC be a better team if they traded Westbrook for Tyson and Felton?


I mean they would be a more complete team, they would have Reggie Jackson ready to step in, they would have a much better C on offense and defense, elton would be a good back up pg, Durant would def be the lead guy and no more deferring to Westbrook.


For the knicks the upside is getting Westbrook. 


Maybe I'm crazy and just a homer lol

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Sleeper coach: Billy Donavan

Lived on long Island, grew up a knick fan, played under pitino

Master and Ruler
Master and Ruler

Steve Kerr is the one who first wrote to play Mare off of bench. Since that happened we weren't going to win anything and STAT wasn't allowed to work back into shape from his injuries. Kerr is kind of dumb and full of ego, Very much like Woodson

dagawd
dagawd

Damn clips redeeming themselves

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

As much as I hated seeing him on the sidelines for the C's...Doc is an outstanding coach!

bigdishing
bigdishing

I am optimistic about the future, but I think we gave away this whole year. No coaching change, no trade for Lowry or Teague, because Phil was negotiating. Maybe it's better in the long run, but i see the East is so mediocre, and with a legit mvp caliber player, to not even be in the playoffs.... 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Not that GSW is playing well, but 19 fouls to 8 in the first half.

brookdon
brookdon

I love CP3 but he complains every single time he gets touched.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB lol That's just the ritual so that it's not seen as a done deal or just in case he's not the prime guy!  

If Phil offer Kerr the job, he's here period! 

zebeto
zebeto

@JayfromtheFix i like Westbrook , but knicks would have to atleast sweeten the pot with Shump oR Thjr and probably a pick .

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@JayfromtheFix I like the idea of westbrook here...but no way OKC does it.  Although they have to make a decision soon...Durant and westbrook need to have the convo LeBron and wade had.  Although KD isn't as good with the ball in his hands as Lebron, I can see westbrook dominating the ball more with KD playing off of catch and shoot opportunities while also having the ability to break the D down and create.  Maybe the coach needs to have the talk in between them..

blackwood1
blackwood1

@orlando_knickfan Said this 2 months ago, would love Billy the kid but not sure if Phil goes with someone running something else besides triangle. 

Chris
Chris

@Jesus Blas  If they did a sign and trade for Melo, they would have to match salaries, which is 20m+ that would strip their team

dagawd
dagawd

@kingkiyan  U should know how some fans are, can't blame them they want perfection

bigdishing
bigdishing

@Sandro Guedes  I think it's a little early to label Mark Jackson that way. 

And I don't understand why anyone would even think for a minute that Phil would hire him--he's just not one of his guys. If Phil was not the new pres, and it was still Houston or Mills, than Mark Jackson is a clear choice. 

lobcity1
lobcity1

I agree. Idk if it's bc of Rivers or Griffin that I want GSW to win. F both of them lol.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@brookdon Pressure! He knows he has to take that team somewhere this year!  He hasn't been anywhere in the playoffs either.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@brookdon  Rinse and repeat for just about every high profile playet of this league.

Wade and LBJ take the cake of course.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Taj is actually a solid player...that's not a bad contract according to his on-court impact. Not an albatross - Bulls would have takers if they put Taj on the block (unless you highly value the 20152016 free agency plan...regardless Taj will still have trade value)

brookdon
brookdon

No shots, but for a guy who pushes "team basketball" as your chosen mode for building a team, you put the onus on individuals very strongly when it comes to winning.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB lol You also have to make it seem like your kids and wife comes first too Biggie!  

Now that Kerr has that out there, he can try to get a better deal and once that materializes, he can tell his wife and kids, "Now pack up, we're going to the Big Apple!"

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB  Good pt!  However unlike Spoelstra, Kerr has rings already and he has been a GM. 

Kerr also knows that he would be Phils guy coming here and any failures would reflect on Phil too!  

They both have to work closely together and have each other backs!   

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB True but he also has the chance to coach for the living legend in NYC.  Kerr maybe a little scared but he's surely not passing this up.  

Even if he gets fired, he still will have options afterwards!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint I agree OKC played lights out b-ball without Westbrook for a very long stretch this season. Everyone seem to know their role and the ball was moving nicely. 

Yet I must caution it wasn't the playoffs but nonetheless, the other guys got more involved without Westbrook. 

I think Westbrook is needed to get past the Spurs.  He usually lights up Parker attacking the rim and etc. 

But he is a hot head that needs to tone it down and that's on their coach to do that. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint We surely can try to trade him before that but will he go along?

Melo and Harden with 1 ball is not that lethal!

Did you see Harden's interview on ESPN?  He says he's the top dog now and he has assumed the leadership role on that team period. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB I agree totally.  I would hope Phil would want to get that but why would Melo want it? 

If the Bulls amnesty Boozer and the cap is estimated to increase by 5M, then that's all the money they should need to sign Melo. The Bulls can keep Taj themselves. 

The ball is mainly in Melo's court on helping us at the expense of his new team!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB   If Melo decides to leave why would he want to help us and hurt his new team when he can just go to the Bulls outright providing they just make room for him? 

bigdishing
bigdishing

@Sandro Guedes @bigdishing  It's an iso league. And he's not being helped by mgmt who doesn't really seem to back him. When a coach looks like a lame duck--esp a ra-ra coach like him--the players stop responding. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@brookdon I didn' evade your question.  Allen nor KG had won anything before that too!  

Yes they got together and made it work but that has no bearing on Melo or any other player. 

Melo has not stayed in the same place his whole career.  He came here. 

Who's fault is it that Melo can't go to  a place where he think he has the help he needs?

brookdon
brookdon

Exactly. He evaded my question because he knew that was the answer.

Chris
Chris

@xmenreturn  The thing that PP did was get Ray and KG, you guys are revisionists 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay Yep and Wade wouldn't have had 1 and maybe LBJ wouldn't have come to the Heat then.   Winning change a lot of things and losing too! lol

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn @Knicks_Fanatic @brookdon  Imo, if it hadn't been for the refs, he'd have 2 rings, and I rarely blame refs, but that was flat out disgusting.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic @brookdon Yep Dirk got to the NBA Finals one year  and then he came back to win a ring.   You have to get the job done at some pt. No excuses!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon  

You could say the same for Dirk. He was just a soft, European before he got a ring.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@brookdonFor me, it's about winning and doing it when it counts.  So many people use the term superstar for anyone that makes the all star game or put forth stats. The thing is that Pierce did produce a ring.  

Melo might do that too but until he does or help get his team far being a top dog, he will not be that in my eyes. 

T-MAC was a considered a superstar but he never got his team anywhere in the playoffs.


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@brookdon  The difference, imo, has turned into subjective one.

Some base it on accolades, others in their level of play. Some even base on their public image and influence.


It's become quite the interesting diiscussions.


Imo, it's a mix between influence on the game, level of play, and accolades (which doesn't translate only into winning rings).

brookdon
brookdon

Was Paul Pierce a superstar before 2007? If not, what changed between 06 and 07 that lead to his team going so deeply all of a sudden?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@brookdon CP3 has been in the league long enough to get his team further in the playoffs.  I'm consistent.  A superstar should be able to help lead his team further in the playoffs.  

I like CP3 but I don't give ANY player a pass after being in the NBA for years.