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NBA: Steve Kerr calls New York Knicks head coach candidacy ‘awkward’

Former Chicago Bull and TNT announcer Steve Kerr waves in Game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with the Washington Wizards during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 4, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The Wizards won 112-110.
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Now that Phil Jackson has been officially named New York Knicks president, attention turns to the future of the team, particularly the next head coach. One name linked as a potential candidate is former NBA player Steve Kerr. In a report by the New York Daily News on March 17, Kerr called being linked to the job “awkward.”

It’s not that Kerr isn’t flattered by being mentioned as first hire for his former head coach and it’s not that he wouldn’t actually consider the possibility. In an interview with the “Dan Patrick Show”, Kerr attributed that awkwardness to the fact that the Knicks currently have a coach.

“It’s very awkward because it is just speculation. More than anything, you’re talking about somebody else’s job.”

Mike Woodson, current coach of the Knicks, is under contract through the 2014-15 NBA season, but it would be no surprise if he let go after this season ends. As a top candidate in the mind of Phil Jackson, Kerr does admit that the thought of coaching has been on his mind.

“I’ve been talking about it the last couple years. I left Phoenix when I was the general manager knowing I didn’t want to get back into management but feeling like coaching would be a possibility at some point. I love being on the floor with the players and as a GM I was like there one percent of the time. I love the game.”

Kerr played under Jackson while both were with the Chicago Bulls. Kerr would bring a championship attitude to the Knicks and he would also bring what he learned from Jackson.

As far as Kerr’s thoughts about Jackson’s new position, he called it “the natural evolution of Phil.”

Phil Jackson will be introduced as Knicks president on Tuesday and is expected to make some major changes. Some of those changes not only includes Steve Kerr, but other former players and coaches who have been linked to Jackson during his time with the Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

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