So much for those Steve Kerr to the New York Knicks rumors. After weeks and weeks of people saying it’s just a matter of time before he’s announced as the new head coach in New York, it appears Kerr has changed his mind.
The NBA‘s all-time leader in three-point percentage will now be taking his ‘talents’ to the Golden State Warriors. I use the word talents sarcastically, because Kerr has never coached an NBA game in his life.
He obviously has his pulse on the situation and anyone can see that Golden State is a better team right now. I don’t fault him for going with the superior team to start his coaching career — but is it really the best situation to start a coaching career?
The Warriors are in need of a coach who can take them to the proverbial next level. They just tried out a rookie head coach in Mark Jackson, who had success over his three years. But even winning more games each season wasn’t enough. Jackson was shown the door for failing to get the team out of the first round in an extremely tough Western Conference.
What about Kerr coaching the Warriors will be different? How he is going to do something Jackson couldn’t in his inaugural season on the sidelines? Golden State must have the answer to that tough question.
While the Knicks do suck, and there’s no denying that, it would have been a better developmental opportunity for him. Phil Jackson having your back from the front office is about the best possible way to break into coaching. Joining a team with the bar set at playoff series victory, is not.
Golden State is paying Kerr a ton of money ($25 million) and he can win right away. I get it. I just don’t think it was a good long-term coaching move. But maybe Kerr just wants to try his hand at coaching for a few years like he did with being a GM?
Don’t be surprised to see him back on TNT in a couple years.