HoopsHype Steve Kerr rumors

April 24, 2014 Updates

I've talked to Kerr about his basketball philosophies. He believes in playing through the big men with a more traditional inside-out offensive system like the triangle. Remember, he did trade for Shaq as the GM in Phoenix. I do believe he would be a good match to work with Jackson because of their history together and the way they see the game. Also, because Jackson has little executive experience but lots of coaching experience and Kerr has little coaching experience and lots of executive experience, this would be a nice fit. Kerr is also smart enough to rebuff the Knicks for a while; everyone in the league knows the more you say no to them the more zeros get added to the offer. ESPN.com

April 23, 2014 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Steve Kerr is a candidate to replace the recently fired Mike Woodson as the team's head coach. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Jackson said he is "looking for a leader" and that whoever the new coach is be must be "a forward thinker." Jackson said he and Kerr have a strong philosophical connection and that he planned to speak with him later this month to see if he's up to the job of coaching the Knicks. Jackson did not divulge the names of other possible candidates. Newsday

April 22, 2014 Updates

Kerr is part of the conversation, and the two sides are deep into discussions, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Knicks' situation. USA Today Sports

April 21, 2014 Updates

Kerr is part of the conversation, and the two sides are deep into discussions, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Knicks' situation. He's at the top of the list. It's becoming clear Jackson likes the idea of getting the band back together, even if the band's greatest hits were years ago. Jackson likes what's familiar, and he's going to go with whom he trusts. That's why Jackson's connections to his great Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers teams are expected to permeate the Knicks. USA Today Sports

Steve Kerr, long considered the leading candidate to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks, said on Monday, "I do anticipate talking with Phil Jackson at some point." New York Daily News

Kerr admitted that he and Jackson, his former coach in Chicago, have remained close since Jackson retired from coaching. "I would often have dinner with him on the road if I was playing for another team even, just to catch up," he said. "I went to his daughter's wedding a few years ago in Montana. We've been very close. And so I've known for years that Phil wanted to do this - not necessarily in New York, I thought he was going to end up in Seattle last year if the Kings had moved to Seattle to become the Sonics - but I knew that he was done with coaching [AND]that he was more interested in being a team president and building a franchise. And I think he'll be very good at it. It's going to be very interesting and obviously my name is being thrown around. I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation and we'll see where it all goes." New York Daily News

Kerr loves his job and is very good at it, but league sources say he is intrigued with the idea of coaching. If Kerr were to leave his enjoyable and relatively low-stress existence as a top-flight TV analyst and "get back in the meat grinder," as one source put it recently, it would have to be a very big job and the circumstances surrounding it would have to be the right fit. CBSSports.com

Toward the end of the regular season, Kerr was doing a TNT game between the Mavericks and Spurs in Dallas. Speculation about Kerr possibly coaching the Knicks had already been rampant for a few weeks. Before the game, Kerr spent a good 30 minutes behind closed doors with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, with whom Kerr won two more championships as a player. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall. CBSSports.com

Kerr already has a job: he's TNT lead analyst and intends to work through the Western Conference finals. In fact, a source close to Kerr emphatically denied a report that Kerr has spoken with his bosses at Turner Sports about altering his schedule in the event that he accepts a head coaching job. "I hope you understand, but I'm not talking about anything," Kerr said prior to Game 1 of the Bulls-Wizards first-round series before walking away. New York Daily News

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