(CBS) It didn’t take long for former Bulls guard and TNT analyst Steve Kerr to start drawing attention for the Knicks’ coaching job after Mike Woodson was fired Monday morning.
Kerr is a leading candidate to land the job in a search that’s being run by New York president Phil Jackson, according to multiple reports. Kerr played for Jackson in Chicago.
From CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger on Monday following Mike Woodson’s firing:
It has been known for weeks that Jackson is interested in approaching one of his favorite former players to measure his interest in leaving the TNT broadcast table and taking a stab at coaching the Knicks. That desire has been complicated by two factors: 1) Kerr having a job, and 2) the Knicks having a coach.
The biggest impediment to those talks progressing, No. 2, has been resolved.
Kerr loves his job and is very good at it, but league sources say he is intrigued with the idea of coaching. If Kerr were to leave his enjoyable and relatively low-stress existence as a top-flight TV analyst and “get back in the meat grinder,” as one source put it recently, it would have to be a very big job and the circumstances surrounding it would have to be the right fit.
Several days ago, the New York Post went so far as to report that Kerr “expects” an offer from the Knicks.
Kerr “absolutely expects” to be offered the job. “And if he’s offered the job, he’s definitely going to do it,” the source told The Post.
The Post has learned Kerr has had conversations with his bosses at Turner Sports about adjusting his schedule as an analyst during the upcoming playoffs should he be named the Knicks’ head coach.
Kerr’s name emerged as a top candidate based on his ties with Jackson. He was part of the Bulls’ three straight championship teams from 1996 to 1998 and the two have remained close. His knowledge of the triangle offense is said to be an asset.