The New York Knicks want to hire TNT NBA analyst Steve Kerr as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs but with the Los Angeles Lakers job now open does that give him more options? The Lakers job opened, on April 30, when Mike D’Antoni resigned after not getting the second year option on his contract picked up that he desperately wanted.
New New York Knicks president Phil Jackson intends to secure Kerr as his first coaching hire by early May according to several sources. Hiring Kerr following the first round would theoretically soften the blow for the announcer's current employer to withstand losing its No. 1 analyst in the midst of the playoffs.
Kerr, who has no coaching experience, is said to be leaning towards accepting the job. However, there are still questions whether Kerr is willing to make the jump so quickly.
“We will keep talking,” Kerr told reporters on April 29 in Brooklyn where he was covering the Nets- Toronto Raptors game. “There is a lot to cover on both sides. This was the first time we’ve talked about the job. It just opened up last week. We got a lot of things to discuss.”
There also has been considerable speculation since the playoffs began that the delay also stems from Kerr waiting to see what other jobs might open depending on playoff results.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, in addition to the Knicks, have head coaching job openings. The Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder are other teams that could have an opening, if they lose in the first round.
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