That’s because ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Knicks are “trying to complete a deal” to bring in Kerr as the team’s new head coach once the first round of the NBA playoffs are over.
Kerr met with Jackson over the weekend, and held several talks with thim about the head-coaching job with the Knicks.
ESPN reported quoting Kerr as saying that the Knicks likely wouldn’t be interested in him if it weren’t for his connection to Jackson.
“I’ve known for a while, since I’ve left Phoenix as general manager (in 2007) that I wanted to get into coaching,” Kerr said. “I also knew that the mark against me is a lack of experience. I think the general managing experience was huge for me. But I have not had coaching experience. So I’ve done everything possible to try to prepare, short of actually being an assistant (coach),” Kerr had said.
The first round of the playoffs can extend as long as Sunday, and the Knicks seem to want to move quickly before more teams are eliminated, opening more job opportunities.
The Knicks fired coach Mike Woodson following a disappointing 37-45 season, one that saw the team lose 17 games off its win total from the year before and miss the playoffs for the first time in four years.
New team president Phil Jackson is familiar with Kerr from their time together in the Chicago Bulls organization. While Jackson has been firm that he won’t be coaching, bringing in a bench boss with similar ideologies to his would allow him to maintain an imprint on the team’s style of play.
There is little in the way of back-up plan rumors, with most sources seeming to believe Jackson’s focus is squarely on Kerr right now.Follow @exnbadotcom
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