Although current TNT announcer Steve Kerr’s name continues to come up in conversation with the New York Knicks’ job, which is now open after the Knicks fired Mike Woodson and his staff, there are several people around the league that think he is candidate for the Golden State Warriors’ head coaching job.
Many believe ownership prefers Kerr to current head coach Mark Jackson and that the team could fire Jackson to hire Kerr.
In spite of that, Marc Stein of ESPN.com does not believe Jackson will be fired.
Nothing has changed to move me off the position I’ve had on this one for months: Serious pressure on Jackson strays toward unfair because he’s on the short list of coaches getting full buy-in from a team that — let’s not forget — is well short of full strength in this series against the Clippers without Andrew Bogut. Firing a guy who gets that sort of buy-in is very risky, irrespective of Jackson’s perceived shortcomings, because it’s not easily replicated. Rumbles persist in coaching circles that Joe Lacob would prefer Steve Kerr in that chair to Jackson — and it’s an owner’s prerogative to work with a coach he wants to work with — but that’s coaching. It’s probably as far away from fair as anything in basketball.
Jackson’s Warriors, down to 2-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers, will take the court on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm EST on ABC.