Steve Kerr being coveted by Lakers, Warriors should be confidence booster for Knicks

Sam Spiegelman

When Steve Kerr was first mentioned as the leading candidate to take the Knicks coaching job, I wasn’t sure how to feel.

Sure, point guards tend to have success as first-time head coaches. Just ask Jason Kidd. But Kerr didn’t boast the strongest track record in the Suns front office either, making me all the more concerned.

But since becoming the frontrunner to take the Knicks gig, both the Lakers and Warriors have expressed interest in Kerr to be their head coach, too. The Lakers, one of the Association’s premier franchises, don’t have the ability to strike out on a coach here. Given the Mike Brown blunder and the falling out with Mike D’Antoni, they need to make a quick turnaround, and they wanted Kerr.

Parting ways with Mark Jackson, who led the team to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, Golden State also needs to make a strong hire. If not, it will make firing Jackson look even more questionable. Like Los Angeles, the Warriors wanted Kerr.

For a rookie head coach who has been in the broadcast booth the last couple of years, Kerr is quite the hot commodity. The Lakers offer an enticing opportunity — not only to coach future Hall of Famers in Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash — but to use a plethora of cap space to build up the roster in free agency next summer. The Warriors are already a playoff team, pushing the Clippers to brink of elimination in the first round, and have cornerstones like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson already in place.

But because of Kerr’s relationship with Knicks president Phil Jackson, they have an edge.

If and when Kerr accepts the Knicks’ offer, I’m suddenly all the more confident in the direction the team is heading in. Jackson seemed to know something about Kerr that the Lakers and the Warriors picked up on, and Kerr — not John Calipari or Kevin Ollie — is the next up-and-coming young coach.

A decision should come as soon as Thursday. We’re all waiting with baited breath.




268 comments
MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Alan Hahn@alanhahn 14h

@salesmunn: @alanhahn has descended into a very dark Twitter place with Knicks out of playoffs...” I'm wearing this: pic.twitter.com/mlwAgjtajm


Somewhere in a third world country...someone is wearing this,



By the way, anybody know what NBA or other sports really do with all the loser gear from championships??  Does it really go to a third world country...or just burned up?  Never really knew...


This looks like a rip off the 1994 Stanley cup NY rangers hat...

1harris1
1harris1

After listening to Mark Jackson on multiple radio interviews yesterday, it's easy to understand why he'll never even be considered for the Knicks job.  His ego would never enable him to work under Phil, let alone Dolan.  Woodson has a better shot of being named the head coach for next season than Mark does.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Damn! John Wall/Ariza played like their "earlier career version" last night!

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Lets be honest here. Kerr played under Phil and Pop. Im sure he knows both systems very well. He was not a commodity until Phil endorsed him. We dont know if "knowing the triangle" makes him a good or great coach. Hes on fire bcuz Phil and the Knicks want him. I wont be ecstatic either way bcuz I have to see him coach. I wouldnt mind Mark Jackson either bcuz hes proven his leadership and its obvious that any coach we sign will be implementing the triangle.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Phil has already been interviewing assistants (Cartwright, Stackhouse, etc.), hasn't he?  So I assume Kerr is in the fold and the hang-up is over money, years, and whether or not Kerr will allow himself to be tailed by one of Dolan's spies.

C0P0
C0P0


OKC playing with Durant's "MVP Thank You Juice" in their veins. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Barkley to Kenny, "This is the NBA. They don't call travelling."

RadioRah
RadioRah

Yall think Melo watching each of these Steve Kerr games to get gauge of what type of coach he might be?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The no experience head coach ranks include Doc Rivers, Mark Jackson, Jason Kidd, and Larry Bird. so there is a precedent and none of them had Phil jackson to learn from.

rgm891
rgm891

Steve kerr pull a lebron and state ur decision

rgm891
rgm891

That old spice commercial was freaky

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB  

Maybe they can trade Gibson and take back a pick. That would give them $19.3 million, if they amnesty Boozer.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB  

Plan A for the owners and league was to completely distance themselves as far as possible from Donald Sterling. He was banned for life and they are looking for a new CEO to run the team. 

Plan B is to get new ownership. They are trying. That matter is outside their control. How that plays out will likely be decided in court. As long as the league keeps a full court press on Sterling, the players will likely have to accept that. As far as Shelley goes, she is part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@BiggieTKB  You also ave to factor in the fact there are NO expectations for next season, and making the playoffs already makes him a hero. Moreover, he is in the Eastern Confrence, which makes his playoff chances far easier. In addition, come 2015, this team is going to be set to improve significantly. 

rgm891
rgm891

If that was the case Dolan wins.

brookdon
brookdon

Can't see anything working out unless we take Calderon and Wright. I hate Calderon's contract.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@BigChiefTriangle  Personally I think the hold-up is simply because he hasn't had time to make progress because Kerr is doing games for TNT. I think he's done his last game for TNT tonight in OKC. News should really pick up tomorrow.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Shesaidspikewho.

Ask Isola if he still wears toe rings, that hatin @ss m0f0.

C0P0
C0P0

@SheSaidSpikeWho  Or Kerr never even answered the phone. LOL

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

The more isola tweets, the more I understand why the knicks hate the man

rgm891
rgm891

Isola u are the dude with sources not us......smh

C0P0
C0P0

@lobcity  And Shenequas' in Atlanta, but who's counting? LOL

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rgm891  

I'm so old I can remember when there was only one Old Spice deodorant and aftershave lotion.

rgm891
rgm891

You get the cognac yet???

1harris1
1harris1

He 's asking us? See Frank, it does pay to have some friends at MSG after all.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@carl hill  

Just saying that head coach success can't guaranteed by previous coaching experience or lack of coaching experience.

C0P0
C0P0

@Knicks_Fanatic @rgm891  And it smelled like something your cocaine crazed Uncle would wear. LOL 

rgm891
rgm891

You will always be a kid at heart especially when the knicks win a chip. But wow that's scary haha. No disrespect

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB  

The problem with the trade was taking back the poo poo platter of Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Balkman, all out of the league. We never were able to replace "those scrubs/rotation players" to build a team around Melo. Now we are facing losing Melo and still owe a draft pick 3+ seasons after the deal.

Mozgov is a decent backup center and averaged 9.4-6.4 in 21.8 minutes. That would be better than any backup center we have had in many moons.

Melo is going on his 3rd coach and 4th GM in that time span. This is not the way to build a championship contender.

lobcity1
lobcity1

OldKnick.

My guess is she was suing Sterling's GF bc she was a person of color. This guy ia a billionaire, I'm sure Sterling's wife knew about all his infidelity most of their marriage and accepted it but went crazy when she found out this time it was a black woman. I could be wrong, its just my assumption.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Rgm.

Hell Yea, got it earlier today.

lobcity1
lobcity1

I agree 110%.... But F him.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@carl hill  

The east is getting stronger. Charlotte, Washington, and Atlanta are getting better. Not sure we can reach 54 again, but we can get 44-46 wins.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@carl hill @Knicks_Fanatic 

Not sure we are going to be much better next year than we were this year, unless Phil pulls off some trades. We have pretty much everyone coming back from a 37 win team. Looks like 2014 will be implementing the triangle and clearing cap space for 2015.

C0P0
C0P0

@Knicks_Fanatic @C0P0  Oh The BIG WOODEN SPOON! How did I ever forget that! It use to hang on the wall for decoration (with an equally ridiculous big fork) and easy ass whupping access. We eventually made those devices disappear. LOL


Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@C0P0  

My mother had a specially built wooden spoon as she would break the standard, store bought ones on me.

Mothers all have a lot in common.

C0P0
C0P0

@Knicks_Fanatic @C0P0  Sounds a lot like my mother! I told her the teacher hit me and not only did she give me good lick upside the head, but I had to go and get a switch to finish the job!


She was sweet but didn't play when it came to my education. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@C0P0 @Knicks_Fanatic 

My mother was old school. One day I come home from school and told my mother the teacher hit me. She gave me a shot across the jaw and asked, "What did you do?"

My mother knew boxing as her neighbors had a ring in the back yard. Melilo Bettina, a lightheavy weight champion, would spar there. Thankfully she was only 95 pounds.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@C0P0 @Knicks_Fanatic 

Then my mother was on me for "living in sin" with my wife before we got married. Then she shacked up with a guy and told me she couldn't get married because it would cut her social security check, so it wasn't "living in sin" because she needed the money.

My mother was one funny Sicilian.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rgm891  

Back in the 1960's my mother told me, "You think I don't know what pot is? When I was young, all the prostitutes smoked pot." That was the 1930's, when she was young. Her other good line was, "Nothing good ever happens after midnight." Of course, I was working as a musician until 3 am at the time, smoking all the weed I could get my hands on.