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New York Knicks, Steve Kerr Getting Close to Deal
- Updated: May 11, 2014
The New York Knicks search for a new head coach appears to be coming to an end.
Phil Jackson’s top choice for the job is Steve Kerr and the two sides are nearing a deal to make him the team’s new head coach.
Steve Kerr feels a deal with the Knicks “is getting closer” says a person close to the TNT broadcaster. Could be completed by Monday.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 11, 2014
Kerr has already met with Jackson to discuss the potential deal, and the New York Daily News is reporting that the two will attend the NBA’s Scouting Combine together on Thursday.
Kerr’s agent, Mike Tannenbaum, is still negotiating with the Knicks but the two sides are optimistic that a deal would be in place early this week. The plan is to have Kerr accompany Knicks president Phil Jackson to Chicago for the NBA Draft combine which begins Thursday.
Kerr has been Jackson’s one and only choice since Jackson agreed to run the Knicks two months ago. Jackson and Kerr met face-to- face in New York two weeks ago and have been in daily contact over the telephone.
Although Kerr, a former GM of the Phoenix Suns, has no previous coaching experience making the jump from the booth to the sidelines is not unprecedented. Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson made the seamless transition.
Jackson prefers Kerr because he’s previously coached him in Chicago and has remained close to him over the years. Kerr will also run the triangle offense, the system Jackson made famous while winning 11 NBA titles with the Bulls and Lakers.
The Golden State Warriors have also expressed interest in Kerr, but it’s looking like his time on the coaching free agency market is coming to an end. Jackson coached Kerr in Chicago from 1993-1998.