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.
Phil, on why he believes Kerr took GSW job: "It was California. And to be honest, that's a better team for him." Says GSW has better roster.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) May 30, 2014
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:
On Derek Fisher, Phil says he's "definitely" on his list of potential candidates. He's unsure if Fisher wants to coach at this point.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 30, 2014
Phil says he'd like to have a prior relationship with the #Knicks next coach.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 30, 2014
Phil Jackson says "at this point, unless the lord heals me" he wouldn't be physically able to coach. #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 30, 2014
Phil Jackson said it has been "suggested" that he coach the team for a year and mentor a young coach. Phil's not interested.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 30, 2014
Phil says he doesn't expect the coaching search to extend into July. #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 30, 2014
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.