While New York Knicks president Phil Jackson would like to get hired quickly as the franchise’s next head coach, one of Kerr’s good friends is urging Kerr not to commit to the Knicks so quickly.
Kerr’s broadcasting buddy, and Knicks’ killer Reggie Miller, thinks Kerr should take some time to consider his options.
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) May 1, 2014
Kerr has met with Jackson on a couple of different occasions so far to discuss the Knicks vacant coaching situation, but while the Knicks want to hire him immediately, there could be other interesting opportunities out there for Kerr. One of those likely won’t be the Los Angeles Lakers though as the New York Post’s Marc Berman is reporting that Kerr isn’t an option for the Lakers. Berman tweeted:
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 2, 2014
One option for Kerr could be the Golden State Warriors as it is expected that Mark Jackson will be let go following the season.
“NBA coaching sources have maintained for weeks that the Warriors have strong interest in Kerr should they elect to part ways with Mark Jackson after a 51-win season, given Kerr’s strong relationships with Warriors owner Joe Lacob, son Kirk Lacob (who works in Golden State’s front office) and Warriors president Rick Welts, with whom Kerr worked closely in Phoenix.”
It has long been speculated that Kerr would want to stay on the West Coast if the opportunity arose because it would leave him closer to his family.
There’s also the James Dolan factor, which could hurt the Knicks, as I reported last week that Kerr has some concerns over Dolan’s constant interference in personnel matters.
At the end of the day, there are a lot of factors to add up and while Kerr is still the front runner to become the Knicks next head coach, it looks like they have some competition.