Steve Kerr makes more sense than Mark Jackson

Harris Decker

Now that Mike Woodson is out, we can officially begin pondering who makes sense to replace him on the Knicks bench. There is a logical choice and a dark horse. The logical choice is TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr who has been linked to the Knicks for weeks. He even stated publicly, before Woodson was fired, that if he were offered the job he’d take it.

Mark JacksonKerr makes a ton of sense because of his past relationship with Phil Jackson but it goes beyond that. Similar to Phil, Kerr is a winner. He won multiple titles in Chicago and continued his career in San Antonio, winning under another Hall of Fame coach, Gregg Popovich. It seems inevitable that Jackson and Kerr will reunite in New York in hopes of bringing a title to the Garden.

The dark horse in this race is Mark Jackson. Another former television guy like Kerr, Jackson was given the opportunity to coach the Golden State Warriors under a huge amount of uncertainty. Like Kerr, he had never been a head coach. Since taking the gig, Jackson has led the Warriors to a 121-109 record over three seasons. The lockout shortened 2011-12 was his only losing season and he is now attempting to upset the No. 3 seed Clippers after taking game one.

Unfortunately for Jackson, there is trouble in paradise. He has had a notoriously bad relationship with Joe Lacob, the Warriors owner. It has been rumored that unless he completes the upset over the Clippers, he will be out of a job.

That raises an interesting question. Does Mark Jackson make more sense than Steve Kerr to coach the Knicks? The simple answer is no. Kerr is the better option. The reasons why are not so simple.

If Phil Jackson was not running the Knicks, I would say that Mark Jackson is the better option. He now has experience as a head coach and has done a great job developing the young Warriors team. Mark Jackson knows how to develop a system and he’ll be a hot target if he is in fact relieved of his duties.

For the Knicks, the system is already here. That’s what makes this a very tricky situation. Phil Jackson is no ordinary president. He’s a man with a plan and it is for that reason that Kerr should be the guy. It’s not that Kerr won’t have original ideas but there’s a much lower chance that Kerr clashes with Phil Jackson. They would likely share a similar philosophy.

Also of interest is the fact that Mark Jackson clashed with his current owners. Would a controlling president be any different?

If I were a gambling man, I’d be putting my money on Kerr. He is one of Phil’s guys and would have no issues with taking some direction from his former coach. There will be no Jackson-Jackson party in New York.




96 comments
Simone Camouche
Simone Camouche

I'm not a fan of Mark Jackson. Someone needs to convince me how one is able to be a long-term, effective head coach WHILE being a minister of a church. I don't care for his penchant for mixing religious proselytizing and basketball coaching (makes me wonder what happens to the players who aren't particularly religious).  It's already cringe-worthy when I have to hear someone like Washington's Nene go on and on about how  it was divine intervention and Jesus who granted them their recent play-off win. Perhaps if Mark focused more on being a full-time head coach, he'd be able to put forth a more convincing team w/ the ability to reach the finals. 


Nevertheless, I can't see Phil bringing in Jackson, and I have yet to see evidence that Brian Shaw is the kind of coaching change needed to take this team to the next level. We might as well keep Woodson if that's the case. If he's looking to make a risky, interesting move, I'd go w/ Derek Fisher or even Grant Hill. But if he's playing it 'Phil's Boys' then he'll probably go w/ Kerr, even though Kerr did a more than suspect job at his team gig.  


But he might be better at coaching. In the end, we'll see. It'll also be about the GM and Phil's vision; both immediate and 3-5 year strategy.  

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Someone said yesterday Demar DeRozen isn't a star...

LOL

zebeto
zebeto

i really dont know why so some are stressing on Kerr possibly not being ready to be a HC or have success in NY ........chances are he's going to have 3,4  ex. Phil assistants as well as Phil in his ear continuously .........if thats not being Majorly BACKED up , then i dont know what is ! .


Kerr is making lots of sence , and a safe bet too .

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Did Atlanta get "lucky" with the injury to Horford in this series with Indiana? Horford is a really good player...no doubt about that. However, with his absence, the Hawks are starting Antic. He pulls Hibbert out to the 3 point line thereby opening the driving lanes for Teague and giving Milsap room to operate. Horford pulls Hibbert out to 15-17 ft. What do you guys think?



Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

Keep remembering that this could have been us, if we had competent coaching. Even Biggie can agree to that.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

pacers are weak mentally. Any adversity and they fold like a cheap lawn chair.

Hawks can lose this game and still declare victory yet they just keep coming...a team with nothing to lose.

Fun to watch Vogel clueless on the sidelines trying to find an answer whilst Hibbert and co crawl into their shell..

If the hawks get a good lead good night turn out the lights,

lobcity1
lobcity1

All I can say is, I give huge props to Pop, Carlise, Pat and Phil. It's hard to manage superstars and have a great system in place to play as one.

1harris1
1harris1

Mark Jackson has no shot of landing the job with the Knicks. He's not in Phil 's inner circle, and the word is they don't like each other. (supposedly stemming back to when Mark was a broadcaster on national broadcasts for ESPN). From afar, it's hard to imagine those two getting along.

I'd be surprised if Kerr doesn't become the coach, although I do think Derek Fisher is a legitimate darkhorse. Phil's going to want somebody from his basketball circle who is willing to employ the Triangle. Cleamons and Rambis, however, are clearly better suited to be assistant coaches. The idea of Scottie Pippin being named as head coach of the Knicks is comically ridiculous. so it leaves Kerr and Fisher as the two candidates. I suspect Fisher would jump at the job if offered it, but ultimately Phil's surrogate son will take it.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

Here's my thinking. The Knicks have no identity as a franchise. They really had no plan moving forward, other than a pipe dream of players signing here in 2015. I keep thinking back into Phil Jackson and what he said in his opening statement when he was introduced. He wants to build a team and a style in New York. He wants to create that culture that did not exist in New York. All the successful teams in the league have a culture and a style of play. With that being said, I believe Steve Kerr is the right move as coach. He matches up philosophy-wise with Jackson, and it's good to have that continuity throughout the organization. With Jackson and Kerr, the Knicks will have an identity and a culture, something they haven't had in a long time. 

lobcity1
lobcity1

I really want Clyde to coach the Knicks.

jeandd323
jeandd323

is Phil talking to the media tomorrow?


Maybe he will give the fans his thoughts about potential coach selection.

cole3244
cole3244

lets face it whomever phil hires will be touted as a great choice no matter how much or little coaching experience he has, at least by the people here who learn little from past disappointments. 

its a new day and era in knicks land the ecf and champ are just around the corner, i mean with a better pg and a little luck we would be there this year the rumor goes, hope springs eternal in the minds of the positive patsy's or is that just typical fanaticism showing up.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Anyone remembered how Riley hired coach Spo?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Whoever Phil chooses I just hope he has a process for selecting that person and interviews multiple people from different sources.. 


Not just hand Steve Kerr the job like some sort of princely coronation.. 


No one can say for sure what Steve Kerr will be as a head coach.  Watching someone on TV doing color commentary isnt the same as making snap decisions in the heat of the moment.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

At the end of the day, I will trust Phi's decision no matter what, I just think from a logical standpoint in what Phil wants as a coach, Kerr is the best fit. We need an X's, and O's guy more than a fantastic motivator, as Phil will create the culture for the locker room.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

Just an FYI, if you hated Woodson (which most of us did), you would dislike Jackson, as most Warriors fans have criticized his in game strategies. 

rgm891
rgm891

Who you guys got tonight in the playoffs?

nyart
nyart

After a couple months of no TKB, decided to come back (New York Metro, not the net one)

knickster
knickster

There is a LOT of question marks - not all of them centered around Kerr, though. For example: how succesful can Kerr be with the triangle, but without the players? Even Phil Jackson failed every time he didn't have 2 superstars. Every coach that has tried it (other than Jackson) has failed.

What if Kerr turns out to be a bad coach, like Isaiah? What if Jackson turns out to be a bad GM like Isaiah or Michael Jordan?

We can't assume they are going to fail in NY - but we can't assume they will succeed. The task is not an easy one.

HopeForTheBetter
HopeForTheBetter

@SheSaidSpikeWho  agreed Its been a gift and a curse for them thus far... still a lot left in the series tho but the hawks look like the better team 

HopeForTheBetter
HopeForTheBetter

@BiggieTKB  ^^^^^HEY ELVIS


I FOUND BIGGIE AGAIN !!!


He's doesn't spend much of his day on here ... So he probably DIDN'T NOTICE your comments about the $1500


BASED ON HIS BET IN WHICH HE PREDICTED THE KNICKS WOULD GO THIRD IN THE EAST 

knickster
knickster

Well said.

I feel optimistic that phil Jackson represents change in a positive direction. But, like you and a few other fans, I'm aware that the task of bringing the Knicks back to prominence within a couple of years is a very difficult one.

I'm also aware that, should Kerr be selected as Knicks coach, we would have our two main "leaders" in positions they are not familiar with, new territory.

Giving Odom a contract raised a huge red flag as far as Jackson's judgement but only time will tell. I just hope we don't become the Kobe-less NY Lakers, because our team will not be any better if guys like Shannon Brown, Odom and Artest are in a Knicks uniform next season.

That said, it's too early to tell - for now, I support Phil jackson's hire and remain cautiosly optimistic.

knickster
knickster

There is no guarantee both Jackson and Kerr will succeed in New York. They may work out great together, maybe only one of them succeeds, maybe none of them does. Nobody knows.

Hey, I'm not even sure forcing the triangle (a system that only Jackson has been successful with WHEN he had al LEAST a couple of superstars in the roster) on our roster is a good idea.

In all fairness, the new leadership deserves a chance to do things their way - the results is what matters in the end. Let's give them a clean slate, even if we have our reservations (as i do with the Odom contract).

We will have a better idea of what Phil Jackson brings to the table when he deals with Melo at the negotiating table. That will clarify the picture a lot.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Sandro Guedes  to think Phil jackson hasnt been involved in roster construction in LA or in Chicago is not being truthful or being naive ..


Kerr traded for an old broken down Shaq and got bounced in the first round..two years later he traded Shaq to the Cavs for a pittance of what he gave up for hm.. 


Im not sure how you are gauging Kerr's "success" in Phoenix.. He battled with the ownership and the head coach.


Yes he didnt give Stat a contract but it was his medical staff who wouldnt sign off on Stat's health and ownership who wouldnt give Stat a contract without an insurance policy.. 


If he was Knicks GM and had that record you'd pan him.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@lobcity  Spo was the video coordinator when Riley came to the heat in 1996.. he worked directly for Riley as a video specialist and later assistant coach until elevated to head coach in 2008

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Seth Plaut  Phil is going to pass on the triangle coaching holy grail to whomever he selects

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Seth Plaut  i detailed Bulls fans criticizing Thibideaus in game strategy in my Blog Highlights posting and I've posted many many Pacers fans criticizing Vogel's in game strategy.. 

nyart
nyart

@kingofny I my mind I just see Kerr more of a figure head. Phil acting through Kerr, not saying he won't coach, but as far as benching players and plays it'll be Phil. That's why I would be comfortable with Melo coming back knowing Phil can handle guys like him ( shaq, MJ, Kobe, and hell even dennis rodman)

nyart
nyart

@rgm891 I got Pacers beating Hawks, Raptors and Bulls bouncing back.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Clyde is smart enough to know that color commenter gigs are much better than coaching gigs

lobcity1
lobcity1

Josh.

I'll take him right now.

RivDim
RivDim

@biggie havent you gotten the memo on how it's fashionable to regurgitate the media's narratives on how every team other than the Knicks makes all the smart decisions?

lobcity1
lobcity1

Biggie.

Thanks for all the info.

I was curious bc i wanted to know more about their relationship. The point that a few people here and Harris brought up in this thread that Kerr would have no problems taking direction from Phil is key to me which is why i think Kerr is the best candidate. Phil and Kerr probably has the same close relationship as Pat and Spo which helped them worked together and win.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@illmatix @BiggieTKB  Has it really worked though?  Jackson is clearly in trouble with Golden State or we wouldnt be talking about him,... But assuming it has worked for Mark Jackson does that mean it works for everyone??


Maybe we should interview Chris Weber too.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

I agree it's futile to discuss the Knicks with someone who hates everything about the team.

Feel free to Ignore me going forward.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@BiggieTKB @illmatix  Isn't Jackson more so in trouble for not getting along well with ownership? If that is the case, how will he survive Dolan?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Seth Plaut @BiggieTKB  as i've said all along.. whomever he chooses is going to buy into Phil's system and get the "Triangle Guide"


I think it will be trivial for a smart basketball mind to implement Phil's coaching philosophies.. especially if Phil is on site.