The Knicks regressed from a 54-win season last year to a 37-45 campaign in 2014-2015, missing the playoffs. It appeared as if Woodson had lost control of the players throughout the year, causing many to question whether or not he should have been fired months ago.
But what’s even more intriguing is former NBA champion and ex-Phoenix Suns GM Steve Kerr’s public interest in the now vacant Knicks head coaching gig.
Kerr stated on his radio show Monday that he expects to hear from his former head coach Phil Jackson, who is now the president of basketball operations for New York.
“I do anticipate talking with Phil Jackson at some point. When that time comes, it will come,” Kerr said on his weekly SiriusXM NBA Radio show. “For now, there’s really not a whole lot to talk about.”
Kerr, who played for the Jackson-coached Bulls and currently is an NBA analyst for TNT, later added: “It’s going to be very interesting. My name is being thrown around. I do anticipate at least being a part of the conversation and we’ll see where it all goes.”
Kerr has no head coaching experience but was the type of player that’s heady on the court demeanor may translate well to the coaching in the NBA, similar to Jason Kidd, Avery Johnson and Doc Rivers, who all went from playing point guard in the league to being successful head coaches.
Kerr also believes his relationship with Jackson might give him the inside track at the position.
“We’ve remained close since he retired from coaching. Even while he was coaching the Lakers I would often have dinner with him on the road if I was playing for another team with him just to catch up,” Kerr said.
With the Knicks firing of Woodson coming as no surprise to anyone, with all the campaigning Kerr is doing for the job his imminent hiring won’t be a shock to anyone all the same.
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