Steve Kerr “absolutely expects” an offer to coach the Knicks, now that Phil Jackson is the president of the organization (Willis, April 18).
If Kerr is offered the job, he would take it, an unnamed source said in the report.
Kerr is a former player and general manager who now calls games for TNT. He has no coaching experience.
He was a member of the Bulls from 1993-1998, when Jackson was coaching the team, which means he’s familiar with the triangle offense.. They won three championships together.
Harris DeckerBack in March I discussed at length why Kerr was the man for the job. He played under Phil Jackson with the Bulls, understands how the game has progressed through the years as an analyst for TNT and has no coaching background. While in many cases the lack of experience on the bench would be a negative, with Jackson as the teams President it is a positive.
Jackson knows the right way and the wrong way to coach a team. He wants a coach in there that will do it his way. That’s not to say Kerr won’t have some original ideas but as we saw with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra in Miami, this is the recipe for success.
I believe it is a all but certain that Kerr becomes the next Knicks coach. There have been no rumors about other guys on the market and while Mike Woodson is technically still employed by the Garden, it seems all but certain that will to come to an end in the coming days.
Sam SpiegelmanI like the idea of Kerr manning the Knicks’ sidelines, but I’ve got one major beef: he’s never been a head coach before.
So there’s an argument to be made that neither Mark Jackson or Jason Kidd were head coaches before they took the Warriors and Nets jobs, respectively, and Kerr could be the next point guard-turned-coach. But will a rookie head coach force ‘Melo out of town?
Kidd’s first year coaching didn’t impact Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, and in fact they bought into it. I don’t know Kerr’s relationship with Anthony — if there even is one — but if I’m Phil Jackson I want to do what I can to keep my superstar, and that includes getting his take on who will be the next coach.