The Golden State Warriors haven’t exactly hid their desire to hire current television analyst Steve Kerr as their newest head coach, but according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, such a move is growing more and more doubtful by the day.
The reason for the lack of confidence? The Warriors believe Kerr is deep in talks with the New York Knicks and luring him away would likely prove to be too difficult barring an oddity.
The Golden State Warriors are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of convincing Steve Kerr to turn down the New York Knicks in favor of Golden State’s coaching job, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Warriors fear Kerr is “too deep” in talks with the Knicks and new shot-caller Phil Jackson to convince Kerr to rebuff Jackson now, despite Kerr’s close relationship with Warriors owner Joe Lacob and team president Rick Welts, as well as Golden State’s proximity to Kerr’s offseason home in San Diego.
Not mentioned is the money situation, something that New York will likely hold in their favor, especially if the rumors of a potential five-year, $30 million dollar contract is on the table.
It was reported on Thursday that the Warriors had reached out to former Orlando Magic head coach, Stan Van Gundy, so it’s possible the Warriors are already working on Plan B.