According to the New York Daily News, a source close to Steve Kerr believes he will make a decision on becoming the Knicks’ head coach “either Thursday or Friday.”
However, according to the source, Kerr to the Knicks is not a guarantee, at least not at this point.
“A lot of people keep saying it’s a done deal but there is a lot to consider. This is a big decision in his life.” (New York Daily News)
Kerr, currently a color commentator for TNT, played for the Chicago Bulls in the 90’s, when Phil Jackson — the Knicks’ newly-hired president of basketball operations — was the team’s head coach.
Last month, Jackson acknowledged that Kerr was a candidate to become the team’s head coach. Then, last week, Kerr told ESPN.com that the two had met to discuss the job.
“We will keep talking. There is a lot to cover on both sides. This was the first time we’ve talked about the job. It just opened up last week. We got a lot of things to discuss.”
Kerr was also asked if he would run the triangle offense — the offense that Jackson ran as head coach of the Bulls and as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers — if he is named the Knicks’ head coach. Speculation is that Kerr’s understanding of the triangle is appealing to the Zen Master.
“It is safe to say that we have a lot of the same ideas. As far as getting into the details of the triangle and that sort of thing, I am not going to expand on that. Obviously there is a strong connection between us and our beliefs.” (ESPN)
According to the New York Daily News and to ESPN.com, Kerr will work TNT’s broadcasts of Game 1 and Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals (between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder) before returning to his home in San Diego to discuss his options with his family. According to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley, it is expected that Kerr will be offered a five-year contract, the same length as Jackson’s deal as team president.