Phil Jackson is getting set for a meeting with Mike Woodson. Most people are expecting that meeting to end with Woodson getting handed a pink slip.
The safe bet is indeed that he’ll be relieved of his duties as the New York Knicks head coach. So, who’s next?
According to multiple reports it could be current TNT basketball analyst and former NBA GM, Steve Kerr.
The New York Post has even gone as far to say that Kerr has notified his bosses at Turner that expects to be hired by the Knicks in the near future, and that they should plan his schedule accordingly.
Kerr to the Knicks makes sense on a lot of levels. Firstly, because of his obvious connection to Jackson. The two were together for five seasons in Chicago during the 1990s, with three of those seasons resulting in championships.
Furthermore, Kerr did a pretty dang good job as GM of the Phoenix Suns. They were a top-tier Western Conference team during most of his tenure, and he even put them in position to make the Finals for the first time since 1993.
Sure, he doesn’t have any head coaching experience, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker. Many teams gamble on first-time coaches and with Jackson running the show, it will be much more of a calculated move/risk.
What the Knicks have been doing under Woodson, hasn’t been working. It’s time to go in a different direction, so why not go in a completely different direction? After all, we’re talking about a franchise that hasn’t won a championship in over four decades.