As soon as the New York Knicks hired Phil Jackson, speculation began that Steve Kerr would be the next Knicks’ coach.
Not only did Kerr play for Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, but Jackson reportedly tabbed Kerr as his next coach when he believed he would have a role with a potential team in Seattle, something that never came to fruition.
Now that Mike Woodson has officially been fired, Jackson may work quickly to make Kerr the Knicks’ next head coach.
According to Jeff Zillgit of The USA Today, the two sides are “deep into discussions.”
Kerr is part of the conversation, and the two sides are deep into discussions, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Knicks’ situation.
He’s at the top of the list.
It’s becoming clear Jackson likes the idea of getting the band back together, even if the band’s greatest hits were years ago. Jackson likes what’s familiar, and he’s going to go with whom he trusts. That’s why Jackson’s connections to his great Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers teams are expected to permeate the Knicks.
Kerr has never been a coach, but did serve as the General Manager and President of the Phoenix Suns.