Well, well, well. After weeks of speculation that Steve Kerr was all-but officially the next coach of the Knicks, he signed with the Warriors yesterday. It’s a move that makes a lot of sense for Kerr, even if it leaves Phil Jackson alone and crying in his New York City apartment.
Reports surfaced yesterday that the Warriors were going to make a big push for Kerr after Stan Van Gundy signed with the Pistons, and those reports proved true. That big push came in the form of a five year, $25 million contract that was just too lucrative for Kerr to pass up.
When he spoke to the media after his hiring, Kerr tried his best to focus on his reasons for choosing the Warriors instead of his reasons for not choosing the Knicks.
"It just felt like the right move on many levels," Kerr said. “They have a good young team. The location is ideal. My daughter goes to Cal and plays volleyball. My oldest son is in college in San Diego and our youngest is a junior in high school. It's just a short flight for them."
Kerr then spoke on some basketball-related reasons for his decision. He alluded to the fact that Golden State’s roster is much, much more talented than New York’s right now.
"The biggest thing for me is, I want to be happy every day,” he told NBA.com. “I want to be in partnership with the people on the team. And the one thing that a lot of the coaches that I talked to said was, you have to have talent. And Golden State has talent."
They certainly do. And that talent will be around for a while, too. Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut are all under contract through the 2015-2016 NBA season. Those four alone possess more talent than New York’s entire roster by a mile.
And then there is the Knicks. The poor, poor Knicks. If Phil Jackson couldn’t convince his former player and understudy to come coach his team, how will he convince free agents – Carmelo Anthony included -- to join either? Short of Jackson returning to the sidelines himself, it doesn’t look good for the Knicks right now. Players and coaches alike around the league see New York as a deeply dysfunctional franchise, and Kerr’s signing out west doesn’t do anything to help that reputation.