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.




75 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.  

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.

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?

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)

chudogz1
chudogz1

I think the dark horse is Derek Fisher... The longer we don't hire a coach, the higher the probability of Fisher getting the job, IMO.... That being said, I like Steve Kerr. Smart guy who has already done the front office thing... Go Knicks

rico
rico

I say since Jackson is going to be a part-timer, staying in LA, 

why not hire a part time coach?


They could hire Jason Kidd to coach the knicks and the nets..it would be a first, thinking out of the triangle box


frankieboy
frankieboy

As for Melo ......


His best place to win right now is Chicago. He wants his money so a S & T will have to happen. 


Its that or believe in Phil. He is going to take a pounding if he leaves NY . Fair enough if Phil wasn't there but now..... after he forced his way out of Denver , this is no D12 comparison off season. 


Going to be an interesting off season to say the least . I hope he opts in. We go boom in 2015 if he is smart enough to see all the reasons why. Pick who he wants to play with etc...



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.

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.

nyart
nyart

Anyway to delete a comment?

chudogz1
chudogz1

@BiggieTKB. Kerr will get a year under his belt this season, and by next season, when we pick up some nice parts, considering what we have now, Kerr will be in game shape and ready to roll. I love Mark Jackson, but I'm concerned why the owner of GS doesn't like him...? And some of your other choices, I'm definitely not big on. In fact, I would take Kevin Ollie, or even Fred Hoiberg over them...

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@BiggieTKB  I like Mark as a coach, but he supposedly does not get along well with Phil, nor does he have the personality of a coach who seeks interference from upper-mangagment as to how to run his practices, or etc.


Kerr is far more likely to be an extension of Phil (which is what he ideally wants in his next coach), and has a far greater grasp of the system as opposed to someone like Mark.


The writing is just clearly on the wall, and some fans are just emotional about the fact Mark played for the franchise. Kerr is my personal top selection, and I suspect Fisher, or even Shaw would be coaching here first, as opposed to Mark for the forenamed reasons.

rico
rico

@frankieboy  Melo can go win it in Chicago and then leave with a empty feeling because he knows that winning a ring in NY is THEE prize. Every place else is nice but not what could be.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@frankieboy A to the Men!   Melo is going to take the I can't afford to wait around for a rebuild with a rookie coach exit angle. 

Staying here without any assurances a new system and possibly not being able to execute the triangle like Phil may want has more risks!  Besides he has no real help coming next year!  

Melo is a talking to his PR folks now looking for a nice way to say

"I'm leaving and It's YOU not ME!"


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.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rico @frankieboy Yeah but he can also stay here and not win anyhting or be traded by Phil to get a piece he really needs.  

Remember Melo may be about 32 or 33 when Phil gets this team really ready to contend. 

As LBJ showed, you get your ring first and then worry about the rest.


frankieboy
frankieboy

@xmenreturn @frankieboy  . I guess your buying that . Im buying that Phil Jackson , like Walsh , will find a way to get below the cap and in the meantime build a solid culture in NY with the right coach.. Walsh didn't have the keys to the same car Phil has...be sure of that . 


Whats one year ? You think Bulls are a lock to win next year? Nothing is a lock. 


He already went public about his feels about Phil being back. He can't turn around and say 


"I'm leaving and You not ME"! . Personally I hope he does say that . 


Its not about next year for anyone . Its all about multiple years starting in 2015 . Thats a serious FA list . 


I love Melo . I really do . He carried this team but he cannot do it alone and it remains to be seen if he can co-exist with players who need the ball as much as he does. 





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?

chudogz1
chudogz1

@BiggieTKB. My point is that Ollie has showed me more than Jackson in his short time as head coach. I've always been a Jackson fan, but I'm not huge on his coaching techniques, and I'm wondering why the owner Lacob doesn't like him either...

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@BiggieTKB  Being the best selection for the job, and whether it can occur are two distinct things. He mentioned this on ESPN about an hour or two after Woodson was fired, when speculating potential replacements.