Phil Jackson: Steve Kerr committed to Knicks before joining Warriors

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Steve Kerr will coach the Warriors next season, not the Knicks.
Steve Kerr will coach the Warriors next season, not the Knicks. (USATSI)

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Knicks president Phil Jackson met with the media on Friday and said that Steve Kerr verbally committed to coach New York one day prior to accepting the Golden State Warriors job, via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal.

We all knew that Kerr came close to accepting the Knicks offer, and he's spoken at length about his loyalty to Jackson and the difficulty of his decision. A few days before coming to terms with him, Golden State feared he was "too deep" in negotiations with New York, ESPN reported at the time. No one until Jackson, however, had mentioned a verbal commitment. He also acknowledged that he'd told Carmelo Anthony that Kerr would be the coach.

Jackson also shed some light on the status of the coaching search:

So, essentially, Jackson is confirming just about everything that has been reported recently. He thought he had Kerr -- and was even closer than anyone knew -- and is now waiting out Derek Fisher, plus considering other candidates who are already in his circle, not including himself. Carry on.

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