Steve Kerr has become one of the hottest commodities on the coaching market, and everything points in the direction of him becoming the next signal-caller for the New York Knicks, working under Phil Jackson, who coached him to three championships during his time with the Chicago Bulls.
Don Chaney, Lenny Wilkens, Herb Williams, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, Mike D'Antoni, Mike Woodson...Steve Kerr.
It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
Even if you feel like Kerr's upcoming contract with the Knicks is more of an inevitability than a possibility, the details of his deal still remain unknown. And according to ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, the franchise now prefers a four-year deal rather than the five-year agreement that was previously discussed:
One source with knowledge of the talks said Monday that the Knicks’ preference is to ink Kerr to a four-year contract.
A five-year deal would give Kerr the same contract length as Knicks president Phil Jackson, though the final year in Kerr’s deal may contain a team option.
Nonetheless, a league source on Sunday said that the Knicks and Kerr were “getting closer” but did not offer any definitive timetable on a decision.
Kerr has drawn interest from plenty of teams, including the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, your local YMCA team and Utah Jazz. He's the latest face of the recent former-player-with-no-experience movement, one that started with Mark Jackson and continued with Jason Kidd during the previous offseason.
According to Begley, the Cleveland Cavaliers may even have interest in Kerr now that they've fired Mike Brown.
Any team with a vacancy on the sideline is going to be linked to the former-sharpshooter-turned-TNT analyst. After all, he's got a mind for the job, and the NBA's coaching searches tend to all identify a fairly similar crop of candidates.
"Everyone in the NBA who knows Kerr—which is to say, most of the NBA—views him as engaging, intelligent, affable and a skilled communicator," wrote Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. "As a TV analyst, he ranks among the best."
Again, is it any wonder he's drawing this much interest? Is it any wonder the Knicks are considering inking him to a long-term deal instead of giving him a short trial period in which he can prove himself in this new capacity?
"Let’s be honest," Kerr told Marc Berman of the New York Post back in late April. "If Phil [Jackson] wasn't there, nobody from the Knicks would have contacted me."
Something tells me he wouldn't be earning a four-year deal—at a minimum—without the influence of a confident Zen Master, either.