When Phil Jackson took over as the President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks back in March, whispers started. Then, NBA rumors emerged.
And now, it’s practically ink to paper. Almost.
Steve Kerr is expected to become the new head coach of the Knicks — the first in the upcoming “Jackson era.” You know, assuming that you don’t count Mike Woodson.
According to ESPN.com, the Knicks are working quickly to sign Kerr. They’re hopeful that he’ll be able to officially sign by early May.
The New York Knicks are trying to complete a deal with TNT’s Steve Kerr that would install him as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the intention of new Knicks president Phil Jackson is to secure Kerr as his first coaching hire by early May, which would theoretically soften the blow for the announcer’s current employer to withstand losing its No. 1 analyst in the midst of the playoffs.
However, Kerr hasn’t really said that he’s willing to accept the Knicks coaching job. All he really said was that he’ll continue to listen, and talk.
“We will keep talking,” Kerr said Sunday before working Game 4 of the Toronto-Brooklyn series. “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’ve got a lot of things to discuss.”
“How could it not?” he said. “It’s the Knicks and Phil Jackson, my coach. I would be crazy not to look into it.”
It’s likely that Kerr and the Knicks agree to terms really soon, if they haven’t already. The two have been flirting with each other for weeks, if not longer.
“Just get a room already.”