HoopsHype Steve Kerr rumors

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

May 29, 2014 Updates

In his first extended public comments since Mark Jackson was fired, Curry said Thursday that he voiced his support for the coach but the team "made a decision otherwise." He also said the "semi-quick hire" of Steve Kerr was "kind of a shock" to most of his teammates. "There's no sugarcoating it -- it was a weird, expedited situation that we didn't see coming," Curry said. "And guys are human. You have to be able to adjust to it and have some time to respond. That's kind of what happened. I think we'll be fine once we have a clear picture of what's going on next year." ESPN.com

"One thing I can say about this organization, they want to win," Curry said. "Each decision is geared toward winning. That's something that flies well with a lot of players -- that they're going to try to put us in the best position to win. Obviously, I had a certain opinion of Coach Jackson that they made a decision otherwise, and I heard the reasons, but I won't dwell on it. "As long as we're focused on winning and taking advantage of the roster we have and the opportunity we have with this window to try to continue to get better, I'm just looking forward to next year and getting back to making that happen," Curry said. "I haven't lost faith in that at all. As much as I supported Coach Jackson and loved everything about playing for him, I think they're about winning." ESPN.com

In his first public comments since Mark Jackson was fired by the Warriors, Curry said Thursday that he disagreed with the decision. Curry said the "semi-quick hire" of Steve Kerr as coach was "kind of a shock" to most players, calling it "a weird, expedited situation that we didn't see coming." Curry had been the strongest supporter of Jackson before the Warriors dismissed the coach May 6 after a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances. ESPN.com

May 26, 2014 Updates

Anthony has kept an extremely low profile since the regular season ended in mid-April unlike past offseasons. On April 29, Anthony met secretly for two hours at a Tribeca steakhouse with Knicks president Phil Jackson, who told him at the time Steve Kerr was going to be the new Knicks coach. Things have changed significantly since Anthony and Jackson met. Kerr passed on Knicks after initially being lowballed on a three-year, $13.2 million offer. Kerr’s reluctance to sign allowed the Warriors to rejoin the fray after Kerr initially declined to interview with them. New York Post

May 25, 2014 Updates

Q: How's your double-life going when it comes to getting rolling with Golden State while flying around covering these games? Steve Kerr: Well it's busy, but it's all good. The hardest thing is responding to all the people who are looking for spots. Everybody is calling me about a spot on the (coaching) staff. I've got a million calls to make. That's the hardest part. But I'm talking to (Warriors general manager) Bob Myers every day, and we're working on the staff and I'm finishing up with Turner before I can head up to the Bay and I can get going full speed. I'm looking forward to that, and then I'm also having fun doing this last series with all my guys at Turner, so it's great. USA Today Sports

May 23, 2014 Updates

While four-time NBA champion and three-time Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich is thought to be earning $6 million annually with the Spurs, Steve Kerr, a man with absolutely zero coaching experience at any level, just signed a deal worth $5 million annually from the Warriors to become their next head coach. Stan Van Gundy and Doc Rivers both received $7 million to coach their teams and have the final say in roster decisions, with both inevitably having to hire again a general manager to do the bulk of the leg work on the roster construction, while Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau had to fight for his $4 million. HoopsHype

May 22, 2014 Updates

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