Since the very moment Phil Jackson assumed duties as the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations, rumors have swirled surrounding multiple potential Bulls reunions to be had in the Big Apple.
The likes of Ron Harper, Jim Cleamons, and Bill Cartwright have all been the subjects of rumors surrounding such hirings.
That said, no potential hire has picked up as much steam as of late than that of Steve Kerr. The five-time NBA champion and former General Manager of the Phoenix Suns now has his sights set on coaching. As Jackson looks for the successor to previous Knickerbocker head coach Mike Woodson, the opportunity to bring Kerr in appears ideal for both parties.
If it weren’t for Jackson, the former NBA sharpshooter likely wouldn’t be receiving any interest from the Knicks at all. Taking a chance on a first-time head coach is always a risky move, especially when a team is looking to seriously compete.
But as Kerr to the Knicks rumors continue to swirl, other teams around the NBA are beginning to take notice. Thus, Kerr is garnering interest from other squads with coaching voids as well, such as the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz.
Now, according to our pal Ian Begley, Kerr’s connection with Golden State lies deep within his steady relationship with those in the team’s front office. Still, would the Warriors have known about and/or been as intrigued by Kerr’s coaching credentials in the first place, if it weren’t for the Knicks?
It’s one thing to consider that newly anointed President Jackson would do someone like Kerr a favor by hiring him as head coach of New York, thus bringing in one of “his guys” that is familiar with the triangle offense. That said, it’d be another thing to say Kerr’s own “interest” in coaching the Knicks is only as sincere as it needs to be to gather him interest from other teams instead.
Jackson and the Knicks appeared to have been throwing Kerr a bone, to a certain extent. As it stands now, they instead have competition for his services.