It looks as though the New York Knicks are closing in on agreeing to a deal with Steve Kerr.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Kerr will likely make his decision soon and that decision will be at least partially based on his feelings about Carmelo Anthony’s free agency.
The delay of Kerr committing to the Knicks stemmed partly from not having enough free time to research the situation as he has done a game every other day. He’s known to do a lot of pregame homework, much like his longtime TNT partner, Marv Albert.
One person familiar with the situation said Kerr wouldn’t even consider the Knicks under the old James Dolan-Steve Mill pre-Jackson power structure. Kerr also considers it vital for Carmelo Anthony to re-sign, so accepting the job would mean he’s convinced it will happen. Jackson told Anthony during their dinner meeting Tuesday he expects to hire Kerr.
Obviously, Kerr wants the Knicks’ best player. If the Knicks are this high on him, maybe a team like the Golden State Warriors, who have their stars locked down, could come calling. That’s also likely why the Knicks want a decision soon.
Kerr, of course, has never been a coach, but served as both President and General Manager of the Phoenix Suns.