Kerr to Coach Warriors, What’s Next for Knicks Head Coaching Vacancy?
Late Wednesday night, TNT reported that Steve Kerr has accepted the head coaching job for the Golden State Warriors, accepting a 5-year, 25 million dollar deal.
For the last two weeks, multiple reports kept mentioning that the New York Knicks and Kerr were getting closer and closer to finalizing a deal. The Knicks were hesitant to give Kerr a guaranteed 5th year when the Warriors were obviously ok with that.
The relationship between Kerr and Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson were suppose to be the reason that Kerr was the favorite to end up in New York. But with the Warriors offering Kerr an extra year and more money, he could not refuse. Another key factor was that Kerr’s family lives in San Diego, California so now he will be a whole lot closer to them on the west coast.
The next Knicks move seems to be pretty obvious and that is to reach out to their old point guard, Mark Jackson. He was recently fired but Golden State where there were rumors he had problems with the front office all season. That can also be a problem in New York since we have some guy named James Dolan running the team.
Here are some other options that the Knicks can consider.
Derek Fisher- Coming off a playoff run with the Oklahoma City Thunder and ready for retirement, Fisher can be ready to join a coaching staff. With knowledge of Phil Jackson’s triangle offense from previous Lakers championships, he might be getting a phone call pretty soon.
Lionel Hollins- He lead the Memphis Grizzlies to multiple playoff runs throughout his tenure down in Memphis. He was also known to be a great defensive coach which the Knicks can definitely use following up last season.
Kurt Rambis- He was a GM and assistant coache with Phil Jackson in Los Angeles, so there are some ties there. He also had a few seasons in Minnesota but let’s just say things didn’t go that well there.
John Calipari- He will never leave his recruits in Kentucky, unless you want to pay him lots and lots of cash.
Mike D’Antoni- Better chance of Dan D’Antoni coming back.
Isiah Thomas- Just Kidding
With all these options as coaches, I’m pretty sure that Carmelo Anthony still needs to give the OK if they want to make sure he returns to NY next season.
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