Sure, the New York Knicks play in the Big Apple and come with name pedigree, but their roster is a wave of trouble and they play 3,000 miles away from Kerr’s Southern California residence. Add in the significant pressure that would be thrust upon Kerr as a rookie coach to win with the Knicks, it’s understandable why the former Phoenix Suns general manager opted to pick the Warriors head coaching job over New York’s.
It only makes more sense considering it’s the Warriors who offered Kerr not only more years, but more money as well.
According to the New York Post, the Knicks only offered Kerr a three-year, $13.2 million dollar contract.
The Post has learned Jackson’s initial offer to Kerr was a lowball of three years, $13.2 million. That offer stuck for more than a week before the Warriors got involved Tuesday. Kerr wound up agreeing to terms with Golden State on a five-year, $22 million contract — not the $25 million that was widely reported.
That of course was the initial offer, so we don’t know if and how much the Knicks raised their price though the Warriors seemingly had much working in their favor it seems as if the Knicks would have had to significantly overpay to bring in Kerr.