Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
“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.