Since Phil Jackson was hired to be President of the New York Knicks back in March, it seemed all but certain that Steve Kerr would follow him to be the Head Coach despite Mike Woodson already owning the job. Kerr was Jackson and the Knicks' top choice when the season ended.
In the end, the idea of reuniniting with his former head coach was not enough for Kerr to become the coach of the Knickerbockers. In a shocker, Kerr rejected the Knicks offer and accepted the Golden State Warriors' five-year, $25 million offer to be their head coach.
“It just felt like the right move on many levels,” Kerr told TNT on Wednesday night. “They have a good young team. The location is ideal. My daughter goes to Cal and plays volleyball. My oldest son is in college in San Diego and our youngest is a junior in high school. It’s just a short flight for them.”
The announcement comes a day after the Knicks had upped their offer to four years at roughly $20 million after being stuck on a three-year offer for many days. Sources indicate that Dolan wasn't thrilled offering a five-year deal to someone who has had zero coaching experience. The decision to coach the Warriors over the Knicks seems like a logical one for Kerr as the Warriors offer a playoff ready team while the Knicks don't. Kerr insists it was a difficult decision because of his relationship with Jackson.
"Ultimately, it was agonizing to say no to Phil because of what I think of him and what he's done for my career," Kerr said, according to NBA.com. "When Phil Jackson asks you to coach the Knicks, how do you say no? I think they're going to turn it around, but going to be a big undertaking and it's going to take time. The idea of doing that 3,000 miles from home, it just didn't feel right."
It remains a mystery who will Jackson turn to now to become the Head Coach. He has alrwady ruled himself out to be the guy, despite being the best man for the job. He could turn to former Knick Mark Jackson, who was recently fired by Golden State. He could also turn to Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis and may even turn to current Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher. Fisher maybe a sleeper canidate as he already indicated this would be his last season