Well the news is in Steve Kerr, spurns the New York Knicks for Golden State.
The question you must first ask yourself is did Kerr really want the Knicks’ job?
I say no.
Kerr made $15.8 million as a player and just signed for $25 million as a coach.
Kerr wanted two things, the money and the ability to stay closer to home. The media will run wild today, I have two word for the media, Jason Kidd.
With the $190 million payroll Brooklyn Nets losing in five to the Miami Heat, it shows you rookie coaches don’t easily win in the NBA.
Kerr has yet to win a game as a coach in the NBA, yet wanted comparable money to Stan Van Gundy.
There are plenty of question marks surrounding Kerr as a result of his inexperience on the bench, now Phil Jackson can look for a coach who wants the job, who is experienced and can handle the New York media.
My choice is the other Jackson, Mark Jackson.
Mark is experienced, can handle the NBA players’ egos and has won as a coach.
My second choice is Jeff Van Gundy, the encore.
Either Jackson or Van Gundy can handle the pressures of New York and Carmelo Anthony‘s ego if he returns.
Remember Van Gundy handled Patrick Ewing, while Jackson was once the Knicks Rookie of the Year.
Kerr was inexperienced and tried to hold New York hostage for five years.
Phil Jackson in his first major move as president did the right thing by not caving to Kerr’s demand for a five-year contract. Although a great guy, an excellent commentator and former player, his inexperience was not worthy of a five-year contract.
Let’s face the facts, it will take more than an accomplished resume for Kerr to win consistently in this league. Kidd was out coached this entire year and he is closer to the pulse of today’s NBA player. So again, thank you Kerr, now the door is open for Mark Jackson.
Jackson was fired following a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances.
He was seen as being uncommonly beloved by his players, with whom Jackson bonded over their mutually shared Christian faith. Unfortunately, it was rumored that it was Jackson’s faith that put him at odds with Warriors management—not to mention a majority of Bay Area residents, widely believed to be one of the least-religious populaces in the country.
I for one would welcome Jackson back home.
I have faith in both Jackson’s.
Steve, good luck in a Golden State, to succeed you must win 52 games this year. That’s not happening.
Luck is again on our side, this was a good day for New York. I’d choose experience over pedigree any day.
That is the New York way.