Harris DeckerWhile 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.