HoopsHype Steve Kerr rumors

June 13, 2014 Updates
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A source confirmed Fisher’s reported $25 million deal is inflated and contains a host of incentives. Bleacher Report stated his base salary his first year is $4 million. The Post reported Steve Kerr’s reported $25 million Golden State contract also was overstated, and he is making $4.4 million per year for five years, a total of $22 million. A source indicated that is more in line with Fisher’s base, but the important factor is the five years being tied to Jackson’s five-year contract. New York Post

June 10, 2014 Updates

New Warriors coach Steve Kerr will travel to Australia this week for a few days to visit with center Andrew Bogut. “I’m going to try to buy him a few drinks and dinner and get in his good books,” Bogut told SportSentral radio in Australia. “He’s coming out with his missus to see myself, and I think he’s catching up with Luc (Longley).” Longley, an assistant coach with the Australian national team, played with Kerr while with the Chicago Bulls. Contra Costa Times

Steve Kerr will coach the Warriors' NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas next month for his professional coaching debut, a team spokesman said Tuesday. Kerr will lead the team during the summer league that runs from July 11-21, getting his feet wet after leaving the broadcasting booth to take Warriors job last month. Contra Costa Times

June 8, 2014 Updates

Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt insists he has yet to receive any offers to coach in the NBA, but confirmed that there are ongoing talks with several teams and that he met new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr last week. Blatt was unexpectedly in the US last week following the death of his father and he sat with Kerr for some 45 minutes at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday during a six-hour layover while he was awaiting his connection flight to Israel. Jerusalem Post

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Bogut said he had spoken over the phone with Steve Kerr and that the new Warriors coach also sent him an email about trying to fly out to Australia soon to meet with big man in person. “That’s always a good sign,” Bogut said. “He seems like a very knowledgeable guy. Obviously, he’s a very, very good commentator. You can tell he’s got a high IQ just by listening to his games. But obviously the question that everyone’s asking is the coaching experience thing. “But I don’t see him as having a huge ego or anything like that, so I think he’ll probably hire some assistants that can definitely help him carry the load in his first year as a coach, and I think he’ll be great for us.” Contra Costa Times

June 3, 2014 Updates

Those are all factors that could prevent Fisher from becoming Jackson’s first significant move as Knicks president. The issue of whether Fisher wants to work for Dolan may not be as big of a problem for Fisher as it obviously was for Steve Kerr, who was close to joining the Knicks before agreeing to coach Golden State. New York Daily News

June 2, 2014 Updates

The possibility of going directly into coaching seemed unlikely, but Jason Kidd had a moderately successful, if not always smooth, first season in Brooklyn. And Steve Kerr and Mark Jackson have been hired out of the broadcast booth without coaching experience. “I’d say the last maybe decade or so, I really felt like my purpose in life or my calling, so to speak, was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people,” Fisher said. “I’d somehow been blessed and gifted enough to positively impact other people. Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives. That’s exciting to me.” New York Times

June 1, 2014 Updates

Kerr said Saturday night one roadblock was his TNT commitment made it tough on negotiations, and he met with Jackson only once, as they communicated mostly over the phone, making it “tricky.’’ “It’s not inaccurate,’’ Kerr said before broadcasting possibly his final game for TNT Saturday night in Game 6 of the Oklahoma City-San Antonio Western Conference finals. “We were very, very close. We never agreed to a deal. But we were very close. Things kind of went back and forth a bit. I thought I was coming there. Phil couldn’t have handled it any better. As I said last week, he knew I had to be 100 percent sure and he gave me the space I needed. It was just a better fit — Golden State.’’ New York Post

May 31, 2014 Updates

Steve Kerr doesn't quite agree with Phil Jackson's contention that Kerr made a verbal commitment to take the Knicks' coaching job before he settled on accepting the Warriors' vacancy. "We were very close, but we never agreed to a contract,'' Kerr told the Daily News Saturday night before working Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals for TNT. "We didn't have a handshake agreement or anything like that. But I did think I was going to go there. And I think Phil and I both thought it was going to happen." New York Daily News

"But in the end, Phil knew I wasn't quite comfortable and he didn't hold me to any of our conversations,'' Kerr said. "That's what is great about dealing with Phil. There was no pressure on me to take the job. He reiterated to me, "you need to feel good about this. You need to make sure of it.'' That's why he didn't make a fuss about it, when I wanted to speak with Golden State.'' New York Daily News

May 30, 2014 Updates

The Knicks' president, speaking publicly for the first time since Steve Kerr opted to become the coach of the Golden State Warriors instead of the Knicks, said Friday that Kerr had made a verbal agreement to coach the Knicks but ultimately changed his mind. Wall Street Journal

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