Steve Kerr to the New York Knicks made a whole lot of sense since Phil Jackson first became an official member of the New York Knicks’ front office in March.
He has a previous connection to Jackson, the team’s new President of Basketball Operations, and he’s familiar with the triangle offense that Jackson will likely look to implement (one way or another) into the team’s future philosophy.
At this point, Kerr’s hire seems like a formality. He’s been linked to Woodson’s job for a while, he won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls while playing under Jackson and he knows the triangle offense, a system the Zen Master is expected to have the Knicks implement now that he’s in charge.
Then Kerr told the New York Post’s Peter Botte that he pretty much had already interviewed for the job with Jackson. Now it makes much more sense.
“We talked about the coaching position and we’ll keep talking,” Kerr told the Daily News on Sunday on his way into Barclays Center, where he called Game 4 of the Nets-Raptors series for TNT. “I’ve made it pretty clear the past couple of years that I’d like to get into coaching, and now it’s sort of out there. It’s like anything else, you have to explore it and that’s what we’re doing.”
The fact that Kerr has already met with Jackson is a pretty good indicator of where this is going. Mike Woodson was fired about a week ago, and even when he was still technically the coach of the Knicks, Kerr’s name was already popping up.
That could either of meant one of two things, or both. The Knicks, and Jackson, either desperately wanted Kerr or they really wanted to get rid of Woodson. Or both. Either way, it looks like we’re about to get a Kerr-Jackson reunion.
I’m sure Knicks fans will be hoping that it turns out just as successful as the last time Kerr and Jackson worked together.