HoopsHype Steve Kerr rumors

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And who might Jackson appoint to be his own leader of men? Much speculation has focused on former Suns GM and TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson in Chicago. But Kerr has never coached before and has not given colleagues in his new field any strong signals that he's itching to leave the broadcast table -- especially for the pressure cooker of MSG. Then again, Winter said, "When you see these commentators, even Doug Collins, you think they're happy doing what they're doing. And the next thing you know, they're back in the meat grinder." CBSSports.com

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For The Win caught up with Turner/CBS NCAA analyst Steve Kerr before the start of the NCAA tournament. 1. Talking about his future with the Knicks makes him a bit uncomfortable: With Phil Jackson’s new position with the Knicks, among the top immediate rumors to hit the Twittersphere/blogsphere/general cycle of sports news was that Steve Kerr would be one of the candidates in contention to replace Mike Woodson (who has been on the hot seat this season.) “It’s just speculation, it’s just rumors,” he said. “I understand the speculation just because of my relationship with Phil Jackson. You know it’s sort of uncomfortable to talk about [the Knicks job] because it’s a job that’s currently occupied by a guy I really like and respect in Mike Woodson.” Kerr, who is set for a full slate of work at the NCAA tournament and later with the rest of the NBA season wouldn’t be sitting at home waiting for that call regardless — and with the Knicks in a recent win streak, it’s possible that Woodson could hold onto the position when Jackson comes on board. For The Win

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Tuesday Phil Jackson will be introduced as the President of Basketball Operations — the Big Kahuna — of New York Knicks basketball. Likely his first big move to alter the organization will come at the end of the season when Mike Woodson is let go as coach. People around the league think Steve Kerr is at the front of the line for that job. Kerr was on the Dan Patrick Show (which you can watch every morning on the NBC Sports Network) and Dan asked him about the rumors, which Kerr admitted was awkward. “It’s very awkward because it is just speculation. More than anything, you’re talking about somebody else’s job.” NBCSports.com

Other highlights of the conversation. • Kerr said he and Jackson have kept in regular communication over the years. • On coaching in general: “I’ve been talking about it the last couple years. I left Phoenix when I was the general manager knowing I didn’t want to get back into management but feeling like coaching would be a possibility at some point. I love being on the floor with the players and as a GM I was like there one percent of the time. I love the game.” • He said he would prefer a West Coast coaching job but sounded like he would listen to a Jackson pitch. NBCSports.com

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Welcome to New York. Steve Kerr showed up to the CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament press conference in Midtown on Tuesday knowing he has been linked to the Knicks coaching gig — if Phil Jacksont takes a front-office position with the team. “I understand the speculation,” Kerr said. “I’ve said I wanted to coach at some point in my life, I know Phil, I played for him [with the Bulls]. People are sort of connecting the dots, but it’s very uncomfortable commenting on speculation, especially when it comes to someone else’s jobs.” New York Post

Out of respect for Woodson, Kerr wouldn't express interest for a job that's not currently available. "I understood the speculation, because I said publicly that I'd like to coach," Kerr told Newsday Tuesday during a CBS/Turner breakfast previewing the NCAA Tournament. "Then obviously there's my relationship with Phil. So people put that together and all of a sudden I come to New York and my phone was blowing up. "So I understand it, but it's not something I want to discuss. It's sort of unfair. Put it this way: I'm very uncomfortable talking about a job that doesn't exist and one that is occupied by someone that I have a lot of respect for. So I'm not even going to go down that road." Newsday

Sources close to the situation with Kerr have said for a while that Kerr wants to explore coaching and with Jackson he could get an interesting runway especially if the name of the game for the Knicks is tear it down first to rebuild in a better way. Kerr could get a nice honeymoon year next season and have his feet completely on the ground for 2015 when a rebuild could take place. Basketball Insiders

March 11, 2014 Updates

As the Knicks attempt to finalize a deal with Phil Jackson to become a major player in their front office, the Zen Master’s first line of business would be to conduct a coaching search in the offseason. And one very interesting name has already popped up: Steve Kerr, a sharpshooting guard who played for Jackson when coached the Bulls. The former Suns general manager now works for TNT, but is on record saying he wants to coach next season and his hat was thrown in the ring during ABC’s broadcast of the Bulls-Heat game Sunday. New York Post

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