The New York Knicks and TNT analyst Steve Kerr are “getting closer” to an agreement that would make Kerr the next head coach of the Knicks, according to ESPNNewYork.com, and talks between the two side are expected to pick up again on Monday.
Kerr has been receiving a lot of interest, as well, from the Golden State Warriors, who are also looking for a new head coach after firing Mark Jackson last week, but sources told ESPN’s Mark Stein that the Warriors “are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of convincing Kerr to turn down the Knicks in favor of Golden State’s coaching job.”
Stein also goes on to report sources saying that “the Warriors fear Kerr is ‘too deep’ in talks with the Knicks and new shot-caller Phil Jackson to convince Kerr to rebuff Jackson now, despite Kerr’s close relationship with Warriors owner Joe Lacob and team president Rick Welts, as well as Golden State’s proximity to Kerr’s offseason home in San Diego.”
The Knicks have been in talks with Kerr about the vacant coaching position for a couple of weeks now since Mike Woodson was sacked at the end of the season. Their hopes, reportedly, were to get a deal done after the first round of the NBA playoffs ended, which it has.
The former Phoenix Suns General Manager has a great relationship with Jackson, and having a great mind for the game of basketball, the Knicks are hoping that he can be one of the pieces that turns this struggling franchise around, while also trying to put the pieces around Carmelo Anthony in hopes that he re-signs with the team this summer.
One more thing from Stein worth sharing:
“The longer it goes without New York and Kerr closing a deal, according to one source, does give the Warriors a small measure of hope that Kerr would give them renewed consideration. But the consistent word for days in coaching circles holds that Kerr — who, at 48, has never coached at any level — would find it hard to walk away from Jackson at this advanced stage of negotiations because of the pair’s close relationship.”