Source: Knicks still favorite to land Kerr, Warriors haven’t offered him the job

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Despite reported interest from the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, the Knicks remain the favorite to land Steve Kerr as their next head coach, a league source told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

“I think Kerr’s going to New York,” the source said. “I think he’s too far down the road. That’s a long shot that he ever comes [to the Warriors]. I think he’s in New York and that’s a done deal.”

The Warriors had “absolutely not” offered their coaching job to Kerr as of Wednesday night, the source said.

Mike Tanenbaum, Kerr’s agent and the former Jets GM, told SNY’s Chris Carlin: “Obviously, he has a great affinity for the Knicks’ organization, for Phil Jackson, but no decision has been reached yet.

“I think his relationship with Phil is a pretty special one, and I know it’s an important one to him. With that said, he’s going to talk to his family as well and get their feelings.”

Kerr was reportedly set to decide by today or Friday.

Legendary former Arizona coach Lute Olson, who speaks regularly with Kerr, concurred that New York is the preferred landing spot because of Kerr’s relationship with Jackson.

“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.

As for the Warriors, team owner Joe Lacob told beat writers there that he has respect for Kerr but hasn’t yet reached out.

“I’ve known him for 20 years,’’ Lacob said Tuesday. “I think very highly of him as an individual — a great human being as well as a great basketball mind, I believe, and a great pedigree. Having said that, we haven’t spoken with him yet. We haven’t interviewed anybody and we’re going to take our time and we’re going to interview people. He might be one of them.’’

The league source concurred that the Warriors, who may have the most desirable roster in the NBA, were likely to “interview quite a few people,” including Stan Van Gundy.

Van Gundy fits many of the criteria the Warriors may be looking for.

He’s been to the NBA Finals, coached an NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer in Dwight Howard and he’s also won with a 3-point shooting team featuring a low-post player.

Van Gundy was also born in Alhambra, Calif., in the Bay Area.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




156 comments
James Hale
James Hale

Phil should be the coach. Wish we didn't let Pat Riley get away.

John C. Cobbs
John C. Cobbs

No in hell kerr be coach of our beloved KNICKS JACKSON WILL USE HIM AS PUPPET ON A STRING NOW MACK ST JOHN N OUR NYK POINT GRUAD JACKSON YES.

Marc Bovay
Marc Bovay

Mark Jackson has a job as of now

madskills
madskills

The Spurs have LA confused out there. Then again, the entire Blazers team looks confused out there.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Houston would have been a much tougher matchup for the Spurs. They got lucky to get the Blazers.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Dwill is career is on downhill fast. He has too many health issues.

rgm891
rgm891

The Browns wow. Lmao. Brady Quinn all over again

madskills
madskills

Portland is getting exposed right now.

C0P0
C0P0

Love how dude was trying to skate from that blazing wing promise. LOL

His face was hilarious. 

C0P0
C0P0

Spurs Clinic.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Spurs thumping Portland worse than the Heat did the Nets.
52 points with 7:21 left in the 2nd quarter.

rgm891
rgm891

The Spurs are just relentless right now. Portland unfortunately stands no chance.  

1harris1
1harris1

Is Woody going to take Johnny Football? 

franktkb
franktkb

I do take joy in seeing the Nets lose. I would particularly enjoy a sweep with all losses by double digits so that we can put to sleep the narrative that they were "assembled to beat the Heat".

rgm891
rgm891

Frank Isola ‏@FisolaNYDN  2m

FYI: still sounds like Steve Kerr prefers the Knicks.


So many reports out there.  I have no idea who to believe.  This guy is bottom level though haha

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Been watching Ray Allen since Denzel Washington was his dad.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

I dont want to hear another human on earth tell me melo is not as good deron. That person should be banned from watching basketball for life.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic  Imo, Houston's defense is a lot, A LOT worse than SA. Imo, Portland matches up better because they got a PF to bring Howard away from the basket and a lot of athleticism in their backcourt and win.

Houston lost because their shooting went to sh!t and theit already non existent defense was, well, non existent.

SA and Pop are way too savvy. They understand mismatches, scout way too well, and adjust even better to the teams they see in the playoffs.

madskills
madskills

@Knicks_Fanatic  Agreed. Houston can't defend either but they would at least be able to get up and down the court and try and run the Spurs out of the gym. I don't think it would've worked but I'm not sure they would've looked this bad.

rgm891
rgm891

@1harris1  When we signed Tim Tebow and Michael Vick that was enough.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB  

If you remember Moses Malone and his prediction of"Fo fo fo" it could also apply to the Heat and their march to the NBA finals. They will be well rested.

rgm891
rgm891

@knega  Hopefully it's you man.  I believe everyone on this blog even harris decker will support that lmao.  

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@rgm891  

Speaking of Kerr, I randomly came across this Popovich interview on ytube just now (I was expecting to hear Pop's thoughts on Rondo):


"You notice people, you know...people like Steve Kerr, who could [coach] tomorrow if he wanted to do it, but so far he's been smart enough not to do that...which is a tribute to him.  Those kind of guys, when they come around, they're pretty obvious...I think every team has 1 or 2 of those kind of guys that you know have a feel for [coaching]...it's just whether they want to do it or not."


 - Gregg Popovich on Kerr in November 2012 (http://goo.gl/QXkGu4)

madskills
madskills

@NoVaCaInE @madskills  They are but I don't know about 70 points in the first half good. Right now I could score off a pick and roll against the Blazers. Yet they continue to guard it the same way.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@BiggieTKB  and DUMB. Of course my team, Skins, don't have a 1st rounder (DeSean fills that nicely) but I could see Snyder picking him if he lasted to the 2nd round.

brookdon
brookdon

Who said Melo>Prime Wade?

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Wade has 2 rings. Not fair to wade and I don't like him as aperson.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@rgm891 @BigChiefTriangle  

Blazers actually getting run off the 3-pt line in this series...Blazers dealing with a far superior coach than McHale, and much more disciplined player personnel than Rockets' roster.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@BiggieTKB  He has improved though from past years. I LOVE my offense though.  RG3, Morris, Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Jordan Reed (TE)