Steve Kerr cast his first place for Rookie of the Year vote for Tim Hardaway Jr. (NBA, May 5).
Hardaway finished fifth in RoY voting, right behind the Nets’ Mason Plumlee. The 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams won the honor.
“I base all my votes in every category on players impacting games that matter,” Kerr said (Berman, May 5). “Carter-Williams and Oladipo played well, but for teams that were way out of the playoff race all year. Hardaway played important minutes for a team that went down to the wire in the playoff race. ROY and All-Rookie teams were the most difficult votes for me this year due to so few rookies impacting winning teams.”
Kerr and Knicks President Phil Jackson have already had several meetings and talks about the broadcaster becoming the next coach of the Knicks, according to reports.
“I think right now [Kerr’s] totally focused on the Knicks’ situation,” Lute Olson, who coached Kerr at Arizona in the 1980s and spoke to him on Tuesday, told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog by phone, echoing comments he made to the New York Post (TKB, May 1).
Kerr’s decision is expected soon.