TNT’s David Aldridge has reported that Steve Kerr has turned down the Knicks head coaching offer, and has accepted the same role with Golden State. This comes as somewhat of a shock, as it has been widely speculated for weeks that it was only a matter of time that Kerr would join ex-coach Phil Jackson with the Knicks. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the deal is for 5 years and $25 million.
In terms of just basketball, this is a no-brainer decision for Kerr. Golden State has a younger, more talented roster, and additionally Kerr can remain close to home on the west coast. I wonder how difficult it may have been to turn down the Zen master and Madison Square Garden, but it was reported that the Knicks were unwilling to offer 5 years, which was likely the deciding factor. The next move for the Knicks remains to be seen, but I’ll take a stab in the dark and predict Jim Cleamons or Derek Fisher. Of course Phil could coach the team himself, but that seems unlikely given his advanced age and health problems in recent years.