Last week in a press conference, Phil Jackson stated that he wanted to take his time with the New York Knicks coaching search. However, it appears to be moving pretty quickly, according to Marc Stein who has the latest on New York Knicks rumors. Stein tweeted at 10:39:
Going online now: ESPN sources say Knicks trying to complete a deal to hire Steve Kerr as new coach after first round of playoffs is over
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 29, 2014
Stein also published a story on ESPN about the Knicks’ pursuit of Steve Kerr:
The New York Knicks are trying to complete a deal with TNT’s Steve Kerr that would install him as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the intention of new Knicks president Phil Jackson is try to secure Kerr as his first coaching hire by early next month, which would theoretically soften the blow for the announcer’s current employer to withstand losing its No. 1 analyst in the midst of the playoffs.
But sources reiterated this that the Knicks, because of the former Chicago Bulls guard’s close relationship with Jackson, are the clear front-runners to land Kerr.
Sources say that the opportunity to be mentored by the winningest coach of all time, along with Kerr’s deep fondness for Jackson, have established New York as Kerr’s most likely landing spot.
Stein’s article also quotes Jackson and sources who say that if the Knicks were to miss out on Kerr, Jackson wants a coach with charisma and a forward-thinking mind about the game. Both of these things should be music to Knicks’ fans ears — a coach with personality and the ability to influence players, plus a more modern basketball mind. Unfortunately for the Knicks, while Mike Woodson seemed to have a positive impact on most players, his stubborn, traditionalist basketball ways often hurt the Knicks.
It seems like a given now that Kerr will be the Knicks’ head coach. There’s still some skepticism about how a first-time coach can handle a team in a tough market — especially a team in such a delicate position as the Knicks — but sources insist Jackson has the right ideas of how to run an organization.
If the Kerr deal does somehow fall through, plenty of names have also been tossed out. Jackson has plenty of his own former disciples to examine, plus Frank Vogel may be on the hot seat if the Indiana Pacers are eliminated, and sources claim Doc Rivers will leave the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains the team owner and president. (However, why would Rivers want to leave a mess in Los Angeles for a slightly less controversial mess in New York?).
More updates to come, but in the meantime, we can continue applauding Jackson’s action-packed start as President of Basketball Operations.