According to an NBA source, Warriors owner Joe Lacob wants to hire Steve Kerr to replace Mark Jackson, who was fired on Tuesday following three successful seasons as Golden State’s head coach, NY Daily News reported.
In fact, the Warriors wasted no time reaching out to Kerr, contacting him less than three hours after Jackson was dismissed. And a source maintains that the Warriors’ job is Kerr’s if he wants it.
Kerr, who holds a reported desire to coach on the West Coast, has delayed a decision.
Bleacher Report has previously reported that Kerr “is eying several potential openings around the league, according to sources, and he would prefer to stay on (or near) the West Coast.”
“Kerr lives in San Diego, and he has a daughter attending college at Cal, in Berkeley. Contrary to a New York Post report, Kerr has not asked TNT for schedule flexibility in order to take the Knicks job, according to two sources with Turner Sports,” Bleacher Report said.
Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted on March 7: “Utah Jazz, I’m told, have also tried to wedge their way into the race for Steve Kerr alongside NYK and GSW”.
Kerr’s agent, Mike Tanenbaum, appeared on WFAN on Tuesday and said that, while Kerr is interested in New York, “there could be some other openings.”
So Kerr has quite a decision on his hands. He has long made it known he wants to get into coaching on an NBA level. He doesn’t have any experience in coaching.
“I’ve known for a while, since I’ve left Phoenix as general manager (in 2007) that I wanted to get into coaching,” Kerr had 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 played 15 years in the NBA, winning 5 NBA titles – 3 with Chicago Bulls (96-97-98) and two with San Antonio Spurs (99, 03).
During his play days, Kerr was considered one of the best three point shooters in the NBA. He led the league in 3-point shooting percentage.
He played in 910 NBA games (30 started), averaging 6.0 ppg in 17.8 minutes per game.Follow @exnbadotcom
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