The New York Knicks are working to lock down future head coach Steve Kerr before the end of the first-round this week but those plans may have hit a snag. While it was reported that Kerr would be looking around at all possibilities in the league when it came to where he’d accept his first head coaching gig, there was a general belief that no better job than the Knicks job would open.
Then Mike D’Antoni resigned and the balllgame has apparently changed. According to reporter Ben Higgins, Kerr is very much interested in the newly vacated Lakers coaching gig and could burn the Knicks to head west and take it.
It’s hard to get a read on just what this means as someone saying their interested in another job doesn’t always mean they really are. Kerr is likely still only interested in the Knicks gig but could raise his price by hanging interest in the Lakers over Phil Jackson as the last place Jackson wants to lose a coaching candidate is to the Lakers.
Kerr makes more sense in New York where he’d have a better support system with Jackson and Bill Cartwright, but anything is possible and if Kerr’s interest in the Lakers is mutual, this situation could develop quicker than we thought.