May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr during game four of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Steve Kerr contacted by Golden State Warriors

As expected, it didn’t take the Golden State Warriors very long after firing Mark Jackson to reach out to Steve Kerr.

Nov. 26, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; TNT broadcaster and former NBA player Steve Kerr before the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Nets won in overtime 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Kerr, the front runner for the New York Knicks vacant head coaching position, also now appears to be the leading candidate in Golden State.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News was the first to report that the Warriors have already reached out to Kerr and Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group has reported that Kerr is interested in the job.

That could be a blow to Phil Jackson and the Knicks as Jackson has reportedly previously told free agent to be Carmelo Anthony that he expects to hire Kerr.

I have reported a couple of times that the Golden State job makes more sense for Kerr as by being on the West Coast he would be closer to his family and the Warriors roster is in much better shape to contend than the Knicks currently are.

Then there is the fact that by taking the Golden State gig, Kerr wouldn’t have to deal with what appears to be his biggest concern with the Knicks- James Dolan.

Kerr was expected to begin talks with the Knicks about a coaching role yesterday, but there have still been no contact between the two sides, a source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Warriors decision to fire Jackson has definitely given Kerr something to think about.

However while Kerr does have options, the Knicks still appear to be the front runner to land him.

Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com has reported that while the Warriors are a serious threat, Kerr still favors the Knicks based on his relationship with Jackson.

Kerr’s college coach, Lute Olson also sees his former player ending up with New York, despite the temptation from the Warriors.

We will get his answer soon as Kerr is likely to choose the team he’ll coach next season by Friday, a source close to Kerr tells Isola.

It is worth noting that the Los Angeles Lakers and now the Utah Jazz are also showing interest in Kerr.

It’s also worth noting that the Knicks haven’t reached out to Jackson yet, in case their plans with Kerr go south.

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