It seems that everyone in the “Big Apple” is waiting for Phil Jackson to offer the head-coaching job for the New York Knicks to former NBA player Steve Kerr. In fact, it seems to be only a matter of time until Kerr is officially announced as Mike Woodson’s replacement.
Kerr admits that the reason why he has an advantage in the interview process is because Jackson is the president of the team. The current NBA commentator for TNT played for Jackson’s Chicago Bulls from 1993-98. Obviously, there is a level of comfort there, which is why Jackson truly believes Kerr is the right man for the job.
“It’s the only reason I’m talking to them, I wouldn’t have known anybody else in the Knicks’ organization,” Kerr said, according to The Daily News. “The fact that Phil took this job was the connection. Of course, he was my coach and I have a ton of respect for him. And I’m honored that he’s talking to me about the job.”
Kerr and Jackson reportedly met in New York on Friday to discuss the job. It is still too early for a decision to be made, especially since Jackson may feel the need to interview others for the position just to make sure he is not missing out on a key asset. With that being said, the fact that Kerr has always dreamed of coaching in the NBA certainly gives Jackson more motivation to give him a shot.
Of course, Jackson will not hire Kerr simply out of loyalty. It will be because he truly believes Kerr is the missing ingredient who can get the Knicks back on track. There’s no question whomever the new coach is will be under plenty of pressure to deliver immediately. Since Kerr knows all about delivering when it matters most, it gives Jackson even more confidence that the former guard has what it takes to lead New York to greatness.