For weeks now, the consistent word in league circles has been that Steve Kerr will be Phil Jackson’s top coach if and when he decides to fire Mike Woodson.
Nothing’s changed on that front.
The general feeling is that Jackson will fire Woodson soon and begin his coaching search in earnest.
A few new details emerged on the Kerr front Friday.
A source close to Kerr said he expects to get an offer for the job and that he will accept it, the New York Post reported.
Kerr has previously expressed an interest in coaching. He currently serves as an analyst for Turner Sports.
So Kerr will have to decide whether he wants to leave the comfort of the broadcasting booth for the cauldron of coaching in New York.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has reported that the Knicks’ job, if Woodson is to be fired, is Kerr’s to take or decline.
Kerr has never coached before, but has served as GM of the Phoenix Suns.
He has an intimate knowledge of the triangle offense, something that is believed to be a prerequisite for the Knicks next coach.
Before the Knicks can start to talk to, they need to remedy the situation with Woodson.
Woodson has made it clear that he wants a resolution to the situation soon. Jackson may deliver a decision on Woodson by the end of the week. And then the Kerr speculation will begin in earnest.
Other candidates to consider when thinking about the Knicks’ vacancy are Denver’s Brian Shaw, Jackson himself, Mark Jackson and Kurt Rambis.
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