Steve Kerr has accepted the head coaching position of the Golden State Warriors.
Kerr will sign a five-year, $25 million deal with Golden State, his agent Mike Tannenbaum confirmed to SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria and The Knicks Blog.
The Knicks reportedly offered him a four-year deal (Wojnarowski, May 14).
Golden State’s management group sent a group to Oklahoma City to make a final push for Kerr on Monday (Wojnarowski, May 13).
“We love Kerr. Incredibly prepared. We got him because of our players. The Golden State Warriors’ future is bright,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said in a text (Spears, May 14).
Kerr will receive a longer contract with more stability. He will inherit a much better roster that is ready to win in the playoffs now. And he will remain close to his family in California.
Previously, other teams hadn’t been courting Kerr because they believed he was too far along in negotiations with the Knicks (Berman, May 2).
Kerr was the Knicks’ — and Phil Jackson’s — top choice as next head coach. Kerr was already planning on making staff changes within the Knicks (Isola, May 14).
“I know he wanted to go with the Knicks,” legendary former Arizona coach Lute Olson, who coached Kerr in the 1980s and remains close with him, told SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria and The Knicks Blog. “The Knicks would not offer him five years because he was an inexperienced coach. They said they were still working at it but they didn’t want to give him five years because he didn’t have any experience.”
“And given the number of coaches the owner’s gotten rid of in the last seven years, I don’t blame Steve if that’s the decision he makes,” Olson said to Zagoria.
Harris DeckerI’m shocked. The Golden State Warriors represent a tremendous opportunity for Steve Kerr but it seemed as if the ability to be Phil Jackson’s right hand man in New York would be enough of a draw.
Sam SpiegelmanThis is completely out of left field if you’ve been following the reports detailing Kerr’s decision process. But in terms of basketball and an opportunity to coach a contending club, it was a no-brainer.
Kerr was leaning toward the Knicks solely because of his relationship with Phil Jackson. Other than that, he’s got nothing but a disappointing crop of role players and the chance at possibility retaining Carmelo Anthony. And even if the Knicks take a step forward, they’ll always have to get past LeBron James and the Heat in Miami.
The Warriors offer Kerr an opportunity to work with owner Joe Lacob, who he’s also close with, and inherits a playoff roster. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are a number of talented young player he’ll have at his disposal, and there will be no pressure to run the triangle.
It’s definitely a blindside for Jackson and Knicks fans. All indications were Kerr was leaning toward New York all along and was close to a deal. It’s a rough position, too, as now Jackson has the start the search process from the begin. Will he turn to Mark Jackson? Lure Jeff Van Gundy out of the booth? Can he pry Kevin Ollie or John Calipari out of the college ranks?
Oh, and how will impact the recruitment of ‘Melo?