The New York Knicks are trying to complete a deal with TNT’s Steve Kerr that would install him as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the intention of new Knicks president Phil Jackson is to secure Kerr as his first coaching hire by early May, which would theoretically soften the blow for the announcer’s current employer to withstand losing its No. 1 analyst in the midst of the playoffs.
It remains to be seen whether Kerr is willing to make the jump so quickly.
Sources say Jackson has made significant progress in his longstanding plan to convince Kerr that the time is right to make the jump from broadcasting to coaching and accept one of the league’s most high-profile jobs despite having no prior bench experience. ESPN
This is significant news but also premature as well. Other franchises have an interest in Kerr as a head coach, and other coaching spots could open up if the teams lose in the first round such as the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. On paper, the Knicks are a much worse option, but it might be difficult to turn down the possibility of being tutored by Phil Jackson. – AL