Current TNT analyst Steve Kerr could be doing his final broadcast for the company on Saturday night when he announces Game 7 of the Grizzlies-Thunder series in Oklahoma City.
When that final buzzer sounds, Kerr could be jumping right into the fire with his new gig.
According to an NBA source, as reported by the New York Post’s Marc Berman, Kerr likely will make his final decision on accepting the Knicks head-coaching job soon after the weekend.
However there is still one hurdle the Knicks could face in terms of hiring Kerr as their next head coach.
That hurdle is the Golden State Warriors.
According to those sources, if the Warriors lose their Game 7 Saturday night to the Los Angeles Clippers, they could make a quick move by firing Mark Jackson, as Kerr is also at the top of their wish list.
It has been speculated that Kerr, whose family lives in San Diego, may listen if approached by the Warriors as it has been rumored that he would prefer to stay on the West Coast.
Berman also writes:
After Kerr works the Thunder game, he plans to fly home to San Diego to gather his thoughts for a couple of days and perhaps finalize his decision. His commitment to TNT for the second round is not expected to play a role in Kerr’s timetable, an NBA source said.
That also could be good news in terms of Carmelo Anthony re-signing with the Knicks.
Berman’s source also noted that Kerr wouldn’t even consider the Knicks under the old James Dolan-Steve Mills pre-Jackson power structure. Kerr also considers it vital for Carmelo Anthony to re-sign, so accepting the job would mean he’s convinced it will happen.
Jackson reportedly told Anthony during their dinner meeting Tuesday he expects to hire Kerr.
A Kerr hiring means the three-time NBA champion will be installing the triangle offense in New York, something Knicks fans have been waiting to see firsthand.
Hopefully a decision is reached quickly and by early next week the Knicks will have their man.