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May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr during game four of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks' James Dolan scared away Steve Kerr

The New York Knicks weren’t able to sign Steve Kerr as their next head coach. Instead, Kerr decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors.

There were reports from last week that the Knicks owner, James Dolan, was scaring off Kerr. Now in a new report post Kerr-to-Warriors, that seems to be confirmed.

From Harvey Araton of The New York Times:

In doing his homework and speaking to many people about Dolan’s methodology, Kerr became concerned about an inevitable clash between ownership and the fiercely independent and occasionally iconoclastic Jackson.

Seems like a completely rational fear to anyone who has followed the NBA. Dolan isn’t exactly known for his hands off approach. Kerr did say that it was hard for him to say no to Phil Jackson however.

“It was agonizing to say no to Phil because of what I think of him and what he’s done for my career,” Kerr told David Aldridge “When Phil Jackson asks you to coach the Knicks, how do you say no?”

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