According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the New York Knicks are working hard to hire TNT analyst Steve Kerr as their head coach by the end of the first round of postseason play.
Kerr, who was the president and general manager of the Phoenix Suns for three seasons (2007-2010), has made no secret of his interest in coaching. If a deal with the Knicks is completed, he would be working under his former coach, Phil Jackson. Kerr played for Jackson as a member of the Chicago Bulls from 1993-94 through 1997-98, winning three consecutive championships from 1995-96 through 1997-98.
Jackson and Kerr met twice over the weekend to discuss the Knicks’ coaching job and talks are expected to continue.
The Knicks aren’t the only team that might have interest in Kerr’s services. The Golden State Warriors could well have interest if they decide to let current head coach Mark Jackson go. Kerr is very close with Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob, which may spark discussions between the two parties, though it’s reportedly unlikely that Kerr will end up somewhere other than New York.
Kerr would be replacing Mike Woodson, who was fired by the Knicks a little over one week ago after a nightmare season in which the team missed the playoffs.
This is just the beginning of a story that will continue to make news over the next few weeks and we will report more as it becomes available.