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.




296 comments
BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

if Chicago amnesties Boozer  they have 11.3 mil in free space..   


if they trade away their two firsts and let Mirotic stay over sees they have 13.5 mil free.


Chicago would have to find a home for Dunleavy with nothing coming back (maybe Dunleavey and a first for a future second?)


then they'd be at about 15.8 mil in free space .. 


melo gonna take a four year deal starting at 15.8 with only 8% raises?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

IF Melo wants to go to Chicago I'll do Boozer, Dunleavey, Butler and Mirotic (signed) plus their two first round picks this year (16 and 19).. and they take Melo and Ray Ray




BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

everybody's favorite Steve Kerr mouth piece - Lute Olson -  is now talking up how Golden State would be "tempting" and a "tough choice to make".

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...

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Shelley Sterling has a point that her stake in the team is real and should stand separate from Donald Sterling's position.


the Clips are owned by a Family Trust with Shelly and Donald as beneficiaries.

the difference between selling now and holding on through DTS's death is 100's of million dollars in taxes.  So she has plenty of ammo for a fight.

this will be interesting to watch play out.  the players dont want Shelley.. the owners privately dont want her but silver said publicly that their beef is with Donald... 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

The thing Kerr is considering is should i come to the Largest Media Market  and be outnubered by a hostile press in a situation where Melo may or may not be here.. And IF melo isnt here 2014 is a lost season.. playing for an owner who fired Larry Brown owing him 50 mil.


OR


should he go to Golden State and continue that West Coast Lifestyle with arguably the best shooting back court ever assembled and a decent bunch of role players.  He'll have expectations in Gstate but he'll also have expectations in NY and despite popular support Phil jax is an employee at will.. he can go at any moment.  In GState he knows the owner's son and the President of BB Ops.. 


IN GState he'll be a part of the team of executives with a real voice.  In NY he'll be perceived as Phil Jackson's puppet.. And all credit will go to Phil .


does it  come down to who pays more?


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.

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

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@OLDKNICK @BiggieTKB  if she gets the team i wonder what the players union does..and does Doc Rivers still want to work for a Sterling?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Seth Plaut @BiggieTKB  if Im a competitive person by nature I go for the better opportunity to perform immediately and the opportunity to get more recognition and credit for success.


if im a passive not confident person i tag onto Phil's coat tails and take the job with zero expectations.

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.

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.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic @BiggieTKB  then no deal Chumley.


knicks gave up three rotation players and a first round pick for Melo.. two of those rotation players (gallo and chandler) were considered decent young players.  i've never said they were "scrubs"./  and the legend of the big russian mozgod continues... not to mention al the otehr moving parts that went around.


Butler is viewed as a strong defender with a suspect outside shout and mirotic has never played a minute in the NBA.. 

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.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@OLDKNICK @BiggieTKB  lol.. really though.


she has her own history .. and she said DTS was not a racist on camera.  no way she is unaware of her husband's beliefs.


she needs to go too.. the whole lot of them.

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.