Steve Kerr is the logical choice for Phil Jackson

Harris Decker

Steve KerrWhile Mike Woodson is technically still the coach of the New York Knicks, you can see the writing on the wall. Unless there is a miraculous run that includes a few playoff series wins, Woodson will be fired and Phil Jackson will begin a search for a new coach. My money is on Steve Kerr.

Kerr played for 15 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs where he won five championships. Four with Jackson’s great Bulls teams and one with Gregg Popovich’s Spurs. After retiring on top, winning the title in 2002-03, Kerr went into broadcasting. He left TNT a few years later to become the general manager of the Phoenix Suns. That ended in 2010 when he left the Suns to join Marv Albert on television.

It seems like the stage has been set. Kerr has never coached a game in his life but he’s won championships under two of the all time greats. Now that Jackson is running the Knicks, it seems likely that he’ll want to install a coach that shares his philosophy and one that he can control.

That’s not to say that Kerr won’t be able to bring his own ideas to the table. He’s extremely intelligent, demonstrating that both on the court as a player and now off the court as an analyst. If you doubt that, listen to one of his broadcasts. While I’m no fan of Marv Albert, Kerr really knows his stuff.

When asked about the possibility, Kerr was very political. “I understand the speculation just because of my relationship with Phil Jackson. You know it’s sort of uncomfortable to talk about because it’s a job that’s currently occupied by a guy I really like and respect in Mike Woodson.”

It’s the right thing to say but I’d imagine he’s right near the top of Jackson’s short list of coaches.




176 comments
lemmoth
lemmoth

Why the dig at Marv man?  Maybe you didn't grow up with him like I did but Marv set the standard.


Ask any play by play broadcaster in hockey or basketball who they admired coming up. 

rgm891
rgm891

Let's go baby!!!! Finish this weekend with a bang. No excuses let's go boys!!!!

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

Power struggle by our idiotic front office even more so that Phil has come on cause us to get rid of Clark somebody we might need for depth behind Melo ( maybe even STAT ) and keep somebody like Brown at a position we log jammed at if we happen to be so lucky to make it the dance......bufooons 

melo7
melo7

If the knicks get in Indianas gunna be worried

franktkb
franktkb

Hawks have a pretty tough week coming up...Suns, T-Wolves (away), Blazers, Wizards (away). Two back to backs. Knicks have to win on the road.

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

I was wondering who was gonna wilt first look like it's gonna be the Haaaaaaawks, they bout to go on a serious losing streak too. If we handle business against the BUMS on the road. We should draw even or even trump them by nxt wk. Aaaahhhhhh the beauty of the Eastern conference

newyorker9
newyorker9

now Knicks let's get a W tonight. 

tommy2b
tommy2b

The way the teams are playing right now I'd honestly rank the east like this:

1) Bulls

2) Raptors

3) Knicks

4) Nets

5) Indy

6) Heat

7) Wizards

8) Charlotte

9) Atlanta

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

Fduck Kerr and fduck the Hawks

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Substitute Bellinelli  for JR & pry Holiday away from Pelicans to replace Felton & Gives us Lionel Hollins as our coach & watch this team get to the finals next year!

rico
rico

24 hours later we still have this untimely, copycat posting about Kerr?

C'mon guys, plenty to talk about in the present. Notice every other blog for ny sports in season and off keep their blogs updated and fresh, cept this one.

If you can't run a blog, i'm certain you can find others who can.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Raps need to take care of Hawks so we could be playing tonight to cut it to 2 games.

zebeto
zebeto

gotta hope ATL lose to TOR @ 1pm today ..........then take care of the Cavs @ 730pm !

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Just thought I'd mention that Harvard offers no athletic scholarships. Pretty amazing performance in the tournament under those circumstances.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Don't like going with a rookie coach, but I trust Jax to make the right move. Whoever comes in will have to be able to live with the tall shadow Phil casts over the organization and will be ceding personnel decisions.

That certainly rules out Tibs, both Van Gundys, and other long term veterans, so I expect the next hire to be a rookie or someone with limited experience.

Gregory Winer
Gregory Winer

Man, I don't feel this AT ALL. And before we start banking on Phil installing the triangle, let's look at the moves he makes. It's been a while and the times have changed.


therealprof
therealprof

@carl hill  I argue that they are already tanking. Their record is so bad that if they miss the playoffs by only one game they will get no worse than the #8 pick in the draft, but as high at the #1 with the lottery. If they make the playoffs to get slaughtered by Indy/Miami they get the 15th pick. Danny Ferry knows this for sure, as he has done real well in ATL so far. Depending on what Parker/Embiid/Wiggins/Randle decide(Exum and Smart are certainly declaring), the #8 could be Aaron Gordon or Noah Vonleh, which is worth semi-tanking for, IMO. 

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

For those doubting Phil hiring a coach to teach the triangle, needs to read this.

chudogz1
chudogz1

The Aldrich-sanity...!!!

chudogz1
chudogz1

@ carl hill. Bobby Brown!!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@carl hill  

I'd assume the luxury tax on another player would be an issue, given that the deadline for the playoffs has passed. Rough estimate would be $4 million to add another body at the $880K vet minimum.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie LOL Now he might be in the booth on ESPN, TBS or TNT giving his take on Melo.

1harris1
1harris1

@carl hill Nothing can be as dumb or mindless as what Bargs did.

melo7
melo7

We'll beat indy in 5 if we play them in the play offs

franktkb
franktkb

So they beat a beat they should beat given that they are in a rut. I'll take it. If they had beaten some teams they should have earlier in the season I wouldn't be watching games on ESPN Gamecast on Sunday late in the season. They need to keep winning.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Seth Nadler  

Last year we had the 3rd rated offense in the NBA and since The Bargnani Effect ended, we have been 4th. We don't "need" the triangle. We need to play defense, where we are currently 25th.

Hopefully Phil realizes that it is defense that is keeping us out of contention and addresses that with a new coach. Back in the Championship Era, Frazier, Reed, and DeBusschere were regulars on the All-NBA defensive team.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Seth NadlerI agree man!


"The offense requires player and ball movement, trusting your teammates and your instincts, a high basketball IQ and reading and reacting to the defense. Jordan bought in, and the rest is NBA history. He led the Bulls to six championships and Jackson became arguably the greatest coach of all time."

This is why I question whether is Phil's type of players,  The triangle requires a high b-ball IQ along with movement, instincts and trusting your teammates.  I think Melo can learn to trust his teammates but having a high b-ball IQ is not going to happen here. 

The Bulls team has smart players like MJ, Pippen, Kerr, Paxton, Rodman, the LA team had players like Fisher, Kobe (who still like to hog the ball and caught Jackson ire many times), Ron Harper and etc..

Who on our team has a high b-ball IQ?

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@smiggybalz I still rather have Lin over Felton but replaying that Miami game & watching Chalmers & rookie Norris straight "PUNK" him still hurts my heart! Lin had a mental break down! He couldn't even get pass half court!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay @Knicks_Fanatic 

Obviously to win a championship, you need balance. The whole "Defense wins Championships" is somewhat overstated as Indy and Da Bulls demonstrate. It was the same with the 1990's Knicks.

I've always been an advocate of the "Don't fix it, if it ain't broken" school. My fear is that the Knicks will spend their entire training camp learning a new offense, aka The Triangle, only to gain nothing from the investment of time. It's the defense that needs fixing. Surely the offense can play a role insuring that there is a smooth transition to defense and preventing so many transition buckets, but we are down right bad on defense right now. That's where we need a new scheme and plan.

When Kerr took over the Suns, he dumped the D'Antoni offense and emphasized defense only to see the team miss the playoffs completely, playing even worse as defenders. Hopefully he has learned from that experience, if he becomes our next head coach.


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic  Imo, if you're solid on offense having multiple scorers, all you need to do is turn your team into a consistent and dsiciplined team that can rank between 12th-8th defensively. If you're half a decent coach, this isn't a difficult taks, imo.

You don't need to make stops 9 out of 10 possessions. If you can score well and efficiently, you just make 4 out of 10 (maybe less) and you'll get results.


If you look at teams like the Bulls and Indy, you can see that they have a lot of trouble scoring (with or without their best players). Their D keeps them in games, but ultimately their lack of offense separates them from teams like SA, OKC, or Miami..


If you look, for example, at the amount of shots George missed against us....had he made half of them and Indiana would've likely won. 

Indy will have great seasons a strong playoff runs for years to come, but ultimately, their lack of offense won't allow them to go all the way, imo.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn @Seth Nadler  High bball IQ would be stellar, but it's not a prerequisite to be a decent team.

If a coach with solid discipline and leadership can more than transmit the necessary awareness it takes to execute the triangle (or any offense for that matter).

Yes, high bball IQ is preferred, but your coach takes the time to transmit the fundamentals, while having those players buying into the concept (the toughest part imo), things work out eventually if the talent is there.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@carl hill. Stat has played well also!

1harris1
1harris1

Problem is they have two back to backs coming up on the upcoming western road trip, and Amar'e usually doesn't play in those . They could really use another big as insurance. Besides, the 4 million in liuxury tax is prorated anyway, and MSG has never shown any hesitancy in the past when it comes to spending money.

What about the guys who were in camp earlier, Powell or Diogu? Either would be familiar with Woodson. Phil even has somewhat of a history with Powell.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter or we playing very bad teams in the last 8 games or so except Indy.  The East sucks other than the first 2 teams and the fact that we are still not in the playoffs (#9) should tell you Woody and this team have performed horribly this year.  

We should be able to put Melo at the 5 and get a playoff spot in the East. 

1harris1
1harris1

@VerySilentJay @1harris1 LOL.  Well . . .  . . . . . .