The New York Knicks officially entered a new era with the hiring of Phil Jackson as their Zen Master/President of Basketball Operations, but there are more pieces to the puzzle to consider before labeling the Knicks as a rising team. Jackson’s arrival is outstanding news, but the team still needs to determine what they’d like to do with their head coach, as Mike Woodson is likely to be pushed out by the new move.
All indications are that TNT analyst and former player under Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, is the the leading candidate for a head coaching search that hasn’t technically started yet. While Kerr is an attractive name, CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger notes that he’s far from being a lock to join the Knicks in 2014-15.
Much speculation has focused on former Suns GM and TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson in Chicago. But Kerr has never coached before and has not given colleagues in his new field any strong signals that he’s itching to leave the broadcast table — especially for the pressure cooker of MSG. Then again, Winter said, “When you see these commentators, even Doug Collins, you think they’re happy doing what they’re doing. And the next thing you know, they’re back in the meat grinder.”
Officially, the head coaching search doesn’t start until the current guy is ousted, something Kerr noted is an aspect of awkwardness with the involvement of his name. But technically the search is already under way, as Woodson is a dead man walking and Jackson is scoping for his new head coach right now.
The only question is, will that coach be Steve Kerr?