While all eyes are on current TNT analyst Steve Kerr on whether or not he will become the next New York Knicks head coach, you have to wonder what current Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony thinks about potentially playing for Kerr, a guy with no prior head coaching experience.
Apparently Knicks’ president Phil Jackson was thinking the same thing.
Anthony and Jackson met Tuesday to discuss the team’s coaching vacancy and Anthony’s plans for free agency this summer, a source tells Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.
Jackson reportedly told Anthony about primary coaching candidate Kerr, whom the Zen Master coached with the Bulls, Begley writes.
‘Melo and Jackson haven’t had a whole lot of reported contact since the Zen Master came aboard, but it is nice to see he is reaching out to Anthony.
How would a Kerr hire impact Anthony’s free agency decision?
We don’t know that it will, but our Scott Davis did a good job yesterday looking into the question of whether or not Knicks players such as Anthony would respect Kerr as a head coach.
However, if Anthony isn’t happy with Kerr potentially becoming the next Knicks head coach, I have a hard time thinking that would change Jackson’s mind on hiring him as he has made it known that he would be fine whether Anthony re-signed or not.
Jackson expressed a desire last week for Anthony to be “true to his word” that he’d take a discount to sign with the Knicks.
Anthony can sign a maximum five-year, $129 million contract if he stays with the Knicks. He can sign a maximum four-year, $95.8 million contract with any other team.
It’s also been reported that Jackson would like to make the Kerr hiring official soon, possibly as soon as after the first round of the playoffs.