Former Phoenix Suns GM and current broadcaster Steve Kerr is a hot name in NBA coaching search circles right now. Given that Kerr played under new Knicks President Phil Jackson back in his Chicago days, many have him penciled in as a natural fit to guide Jackson’s team in New York.
Not so fast.
According to Bleacher Report, Kerr is keeping his options open. In fact, some sources say he’d rather coach on the west coast than in New York. This makes sense given that he currently lives in San Diego and his daughter attends the University of California at Berkley.
If Kerr does in fact want to remain out west, he’ll likely have a few options available to him soon. The Jazz parted ways with coach Tyrone Corbin this week, and many think it’s just a matter of time before the Lakers hand coach Mike D’Antoni a pink slip as well.
Don’t forget about the very appealing potential opening in Golden State, either. Though Mark Jackson has led the young Warriors squad to two straight playoff berths, he is yet to receive a contract extension that would keep him in Oakland after this season. That position will be highly sought after should it become available.
The New York Daily News reports that Kerr has concerns about the culture at Madison Square Garden. He wants to know why, despite the amount of resources at the Knicks’ fingertips, the organization has won just one playoff series in the past 14 years.
“Why do some people think I’d be crazy to do this?” the source quotes Kerr asking.
“Steve will not jump into this without knowing exactly what he is getting himself into,” the person close to Kerr said. “He’ll talk to the right people. If this is the job for him, he’ll do his research.”
If there’s one person who could convince Kerr that coming to the Knicks would be worth his time, it’s the Zen Master.