The New York Knicks aren't wasting any time in trying to figure out who will be their next coach. After firing Mike Woodson just eight days ago, they've been rumored to be going after current TNT announcer and former NBA player and general manager Steve Kerr as the first coaching hire under new president Phil Jackson.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Knicks intend to complete the hiring of Kerr by early next month, which would likely be after the first round of the playoffs. Kerr has announcing duties during the playoffs but this would possibly give them the chance to work around that if Kerr decided to not work for TNT during the playoffs.
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 try to secure Kerr as his first coaching hire by early next month, 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.
It remains to be seen whether Kerr is willing to make the jump so quickly.
But sources say Jackson has made significant progress in his longstanding plan to convincing Kerr that the time is right to make the jump from broadcasting to accept one of the league's most high-profile coaching jobs without any prior bench experience.
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger tells us:
Steve Kerr's discussions with the Knicks are ongoing. But they're complicated from a timing standpoint due to his TNT duties, and because Kerr and Phil Jackson have plenty still to explore organizationally about the job.
Kerr played under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls from 1993-98, winning three championships as a player. He won two more championships with the San Antonio Spurs following his time with Chicago. Kerr was also the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007-10.