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Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks president Phil Jackson met with Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday night at a Manhattan restaurant to discuss the team's coaching situation and the star forward's pending free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.

Anthony plans to opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency this summer. Jackson has said that he'd like to re-sign Anthony but added recently that he'd prefer that Anthony take a pay cut to remain with the Knicks.Jackson is also conducting a search for the Knicks' next head coach, and TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr has emerged as a favorite. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Knicks are trying to complete a deal with Kerr that would install him as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

Jackson talked with Anthony about Kerr during their dinner meeting on Tuesday night at American Cut steakhouse in Manhattan, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Photos of the meeting surfaced on the internet late Tuesday, and a source confirmed Wednesday that the meeting took place.

Jackson talked with Anthony about his relationship with Kerr and Kerr's background, the source said. Part of Anthony's decision in free agency will presumably be based on who is coaching the Knicks.

Anthony suggested in February that he would consider taking a pay cut to remain with the Knicks if it helped the team attract other free agents. Last week, Jackson said he hopes the All-Star forward is "true to his word."

It is unclear if that topic was broached at Tuesday's meeting.

"I think [there is] a precedent that's been set," Jackson said last week, referring to stars taking less money to join or remain with contending teams. "Because the way things have been structured now financially for teams is that it's really hard to have one or two top stars or max players, and to put together a team with enough talent, you've got to have people making sacrifices financially.

"So we hope that Carmelo is true to his word and we understand what it's going to take, and we will present that to him at that time."

Anthony can sign a maximum five-year, $129 million contract if he stays with the Knicks. He can sign a maximum four-year, $95.8 million with another team.

The Bulls, Rockets, Clippers and Lakers are expected to be among a group of teams that will show interest in Anthony this summer.

Last week, Jackson was asked if he would consider it a "disaster" if Anthony did not re-sign after all that the Knicks gave up to acquire him in 2011. New York traded four rotation players and two first-round picks to land Anthony in a blockbuster three-team trade.

"I'm all about moving forward," Jackson said. "Just deal with what is and move forward. If it's in the cards, man are we fortunate. If it's not in the cards, man are we fortunate. We're going forward anyway."
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 3 years ago '04        #10846
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Over Caesar salad and filet mignon, Knicks president Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony finally staged their meeting Tuesday night to discuss a potential future together.

According to an eyewitness, Jackson and soon-to-be-free agent Anthony staged a private, two-hour meeting at a Tribeca steakhouse.

Sources told The Post Jackson arrived at American Cut at 8:30 p.m. and waited at the bar. Anthony arrived soon after to meet him, a witness said. The duo was then seen heading through the dining room and into the “ultra-private” Black Room in the back of the restaurant.

The room seats 16, but Jackson and Anthony were alone, the source said, describing it as a place with marble tables and leather chairs. They met for two hours before leaving, the witness said. A source said the duo was in “deep conversation” during their meeting — a good sign.

There were many issues on the table — Anthony’s July 1 free agency, the plan to build a championship team with 2015 cap space and the potential hiring of Steve Kerr as head coach. And of course, pay cuts and triangles.

The Bulls and Rockets are expected to be Anthony’s most ardent suitors. A diner, Josh Wolfe, caught a glimpse of the pair and tweeted a grainy photo. When contacted, Wolfe declined comment. He wrote to the right of the picture: “Rumor overheard Carmelo going to Bulls!”

However, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday the Bulls may be hard-pressed to get enough under the cap to sign Anthony.

Through a Knicks spokesman, Jackson declined to comment on the pow-wow.

In his end-of-season press conference, Jackson made eyebrow-raising remarks that Anthony would have to take “a pay cut’’ and be “true to his word’’ to remain a Knick so the team would have cap flexibility. Anthony had said during All-Star weekend he would be willing to take a pay cut to give the Knicks more room to sign players with their 2015 cap space.

One scenario has Anthony taking less than the $22.4 million he can get in his first year, then taking a maximum allowable 7.5 percent wage reduction for the 2015-16 season, when the team would need the cap space the most.

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Kerr is banking on the Knicks re-signing Anthony. In fact, Kerr’s former coach at Arizona, Lute Olson — who speaks to Kerr regularly — told The Post Wednesday that Kerr, the favorite to become the Knicks’ next head coach, said he thinks Anthony would be perfect for the new triangle offense and doesn’t want to lose him.

“Oh yeah, he likes him,’’ Olson said. “I told Steve it’s critical they hold onto him. I would see Carmelo as being [the] Michael Jordan of that triangle offense. Everything would be run through Carmelo. The great thing about that offense is they can really zero in on one or two players.’’

After meeting Jackson for a 15-minute exit interview after the season in which he said he could “listen to Phil all day,’’ Anthony took off for the Caribbean with his family. He even tweeted an Instagram video of himself on a boat, towing a live shark with the caption: “Sometimes you have to expect the unexpected.’’

Like the Bulls, the Rockets would have to make moves to open room. Anthony has stated emphatically he’s in it to win a title, and the Bulls getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Wizards in five games doesn’t indicate they are close. The Rockets stayed alive Wednesday in their first-round series against the Trail Blazers, but still trail 3-2.

The Lakers are one club with max cap space, and Mike D’Antoni’s resignation as coach Wednesday night makes it more likely they will inquire about Anthony, but sources have indicated interest isn’t strong. Jackson’s fiancée, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, makes any pursuit of Anthony even more awkward.

The Clippers were once said to be interested in a sign-and-trade involving Blake Griffin, but that was before Griffin’s giant season and before their franchise became a chaotic mess last weekend because of owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks.

On the surface, Anthony doesn’t seem to have a lot of splendid options.
 3 years ago '04        #10847
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Saying Phil Jackson is the “trump card,’’ legendary former Arizona coach Lute Olson said he believes Steve Kerr will “more than likely’’ accept the Knicks’ head coaching job.

Olson, who coached Kerr at Arizona in the 1980s and speaks to him regularly, said Kerr’s family situation is now conducive for him to break into the head-coaching field, even on the East Coast. Kerr’s family lives in Del Mar, Calif., near San Diego.

Kerr has been given indications he has the job if he wants it, but no concrete financial offer is on the table yet. Olson said he chatted with Kerr Tuesday and speaks to him every week.

“I have talked to and I got the feeling from Steve if it’s offered, he’d more than likely accept,’’ Olson told The Post. “If he’s going to do it, this is the right time to do it. And I think people in New York would really enjoy having him as coach of the Knicks.’’

Some NBA sources believe Kerr would prefer a West Coast job opened, such as with the Warriors or Lakers — Mike D’Antoni resigned as L.A.’s coach Wednesday night. Not true, Olson said.

“I think Phil being here is a huge thing,’’ Olson said. “That’s really important to [Kerr], having a general manager who’s is going to be in your corner.”

Kerr won three titles with Jackson in Chicago.

“As far as [Kerr] is concerned, if something opened on the West Coast, it’s easier for him to see his family regularly. I think the trump card is Phil. He feels Phil can be very beneficial to him in terms of things he needs to learn about coaching.’’

Olson admitted when Kerr was Suns general manager, he struggled with the job because he missed his family in San Diego. But that was nearly four years ago.

“I told him he’s going to get a lot of advice, but Steve is an extremely bright young man,’’ Olson said. “He’s not someone who’s going jump into something without considering everything. The thing with the Knicks job now is his family is mostly grown.’’

Olson said Kerr’s oldest son is heading into his senior year at UC-San Diego, his daughter is at Cal-Berkeley playing volleyball and his youngest son will be a high school senior.

“TNT gave him the opportunity to be there when his kids were younger,’’ Olson said. “He’s more free right now to make decision like that with the Knicks.’’

According to Olson, Kerr’s wife, Margot, would stay in California the first year.

“He would be in New York by himself if he took the job,’’ Olson said. “It wouldn’t be easy. I told him Margot would find opportunities to come to Manhattan and maybe do some shopping. She’s a renowned shopper. At this point, he’s very open to that possibility.’’

Olson also said he thinks Kerr, whom he calls a “favorite son’’ in Tucson, would become a favorite in New York too.

“He’s the best analyst I’d seen because he projects things before they happen rather than react to what happens,’’ Olson said. “It shows he understands the game and people. No question he’d hire a.ssistants with great character.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10848
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NEW YORK -- The photo was so grainy and out of focus.

There was no visible sign that Phil Jackson threw his 11 championship rings on the table as he and Carmelo Anthony were having what turned out to be a not-so-secret dinner powwow Wednesday night at a Manhattan steakhouse to discuss the state of the Knicks. But even if Jackson did try that kind of stunt it would've been even more reason for Anthony to steer the conversation away from Jackson's public attempts last week to guilt him into taking a pay cut to stay with the Knicks.

Then Anthony -- who can become a free agent July 1 -- should've used his own superior leverage to call out Jackson instead.

Anthony should've shoved all the chips in his pending negotiations across the table at Jackson and said:

"I'd consider giving the Knicks the sort of hometown discount you want -- if you agree to coach the team the next three years."

Of the two of them, Anthony is on far better footing to make demands than Jackson. So don't be distracted by that what-me-worry? act Jackson affected with reporters last week in a news conference in which he was asked how vital it is to keep Anthony with the Knicks.

Jackson answered by floating the idea that Anthony should stick to a promise made months ago, saying he would consider taking less money to stay in New York.

Jackson was then asked if he felt the Knicks needed to retain Anthony at all costs, and he smirked and said his reaction would be the same whether the Knicks kept their star forward or lost him: "Man, are we fortunate." Then he added the Knicks would adjust whether Anthony stays or goes.

Anthony couldn't have been thrilled to hear that. But it's doubtful it made him livid, either.

Anthony turns 30 next season, and he's smart enough to know how these sticky situations and posturing work. He showed as much in handling his exit from Denver with barely a misstep, deftly forcing the blockbuster trade that brought him here while peers like LeBron James and Dwight Howard thrashed around, got emotional and couldn't make up their minds.

And so, as stunts go, Jackson's attempt last week to remind Anthony of his pay-cut remarks rather than act like a team executive who's desperate to keep his only star wasn't a bad move. The challenge subjected Anthony to the usual questions about whether Anthony puts winning a ring or money first.

Nor was it a bad idea to have a sit-down with Anthony on Wednesday night to talk about the possible arrival of Steve Kerr as the Knicks' head coach.

Anthony would sacrifice about $29.5 million to spurn a five-year, $128 million max contract with the Knicks to take a four-year, $98.5 million maximum deal to play elsewhere.

As Jackson could have or should have pointed out to Anthony that night, if you're going to agree to take less somewhere else, why not work for the same rate here? Why not stay in a city that you say you love? Why not plow that salary savings of about $5.8 million a year back into the Knicks' payroll over the five-year life of your next contract so we can get you more help right away, and in subsequent years when we'll really have some big money to spend?

The list of players the Knicks can go shopping for this summer with the extra money Anthony could provide doesn't include any superstars like the summer of 2016 class. But there are some intriguing pieces that could shake loose as free agents, such as Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry ($6.2 million this year, though he's in for a big raise), Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha ($3.9 million), Washington's Trevor Ariza ($7.7 million), Chicago's Kirk Hinrich ($4.05 million), San Antonio's Boris Diaw ($4.7 million), Eric Bledsoe ($2.62 million) and (oh, please god, in the name of Eddy Curry, just say no) Jackson's old Lakers pal Andrew Bynum.

But here's the counter challenge Anthony could've shot back to Jackson's pay-cut suggestion: Anthony already has a pretty good idea what the Knicks will be like next season if Jackson isn't on the bench.

Next season will look pretty much like this past dismal season did.

So why bother to stay for the rerun?

Anthony missed the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career this season, despite playing well. And he admitted it was hard on him. He has said he's not interested in a rebuilding situation anymore -- even as the Knicks are selling their 2016 strategy, noting Amar'e Stoudemire's and Andrea Bargnani's contracts expire in the summer of 2015. He's been reminded a lot how his friends and contemporaries like LeBron and Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Chris Paul, have already won titles or pulled closer than he has.

If Anthony really does place a title first on his wish list at this point of his career, he'd be silly to waste even one more year with the Knicks rather than go elsewhere.

The news Thursday that Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni quit and the Lakers would like permission to interview Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will slow, but probably not end, the long-running rumor that Anthony could land in Chicago. Chicago would be crazy to let Thibodeau go, for starters. But if the Bulls did, Anthony could always follow Thibodeau to the Lakers. Houston is another possibility.

What is sure at this point is Jackson is the only superstar the Knicks will be adding this season.

So rather than let Jackson tell him to put his money where his mouth is, Anthony should tell Jackson to sit his butt next to his on the Knicks' bench this coming season and revive the triangle. Or else.

Anthony may be the only person who could convince Jackson to coach. And getting Jackson to coach may be the only move available to the Knicks right now that could get Anthony to stay.

Either way, the hammer is in Anthony's hand. Not Jackson's, no matter how much Jackson grandstands. And Anthony should use it.

If the two of them ever did bring an NBA title back to the Knicks, they would be bigger in New York lore than Mark Messier.
 3 years ago '04        #10849
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Berman

Steve Kerr, the overwhelming favorite to be the next Knicks coach, is not on the Lakers’ candidate list, according to an NBA source.

The Lakers believe Kerr is too far along in the process of joining Phil Jackson’s Knicks. The Lakers president is Jeanie Buss, Jackson’s fiancee.

The Wall Street Journal reported Jackson told Carmelo Anthony in their Tribeca dinner meeting Tuesday he expects to hire Kerr.

The Lakers have plenty of experienced candidates they plan to interview in the wake of Wednesday night’s resignation of Mike D’Antoni.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers were looking to speak with George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis and college coaches Kevin Ollie and John Calipari — who already has taken his name out of the race. There’s also a report the Lakers would seek permission to speak with Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau.

“It’s a ball of confusion there,’’ another NBA source said. “I’ve heard 15 names.”

Lute Olson, a Kerr confidant, told The Post the perception Kerr heavily prefers a West-Coast destination because he resides in San Diego is inaccurate.

Olson said Jackson’s presence supersedes location now that his children are in college. Olson said Kerr’s wife, Margot, has given him approval to move East without her.

Nevertheless, one source said Kerr has connections with Golden State.

Negotiations between Kerr and the Knicks figure to heat up next week after the NBA’s first round of the playoffs is over. Kerr was in Memphis on Thursday for TNT’s telecast of Thunder-Grizzlies.

Olson also said Kerr “more than likely’’ will accept the post.
 3 years ago '04        #10850
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Chris Herring

Knicks president Phil Jackson told free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony that he is fully expecting to hire Steve Kerr as the team's next coach when Jackson and Anthony sat down for dinner in Manhattan last week, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The meeting suggested a couple of things: First, that Jackson, in his new role as an executive, won't necessarily make his decisions—like firing Mike Woodson, or hiring Kerr—based on his star player's opinions. On the other hand, the sit-down with Anthony was a strong sign that, despite Jackson's recent comments suggesting that he'd like Anthony to take a pay cut, he'll likely still put on a full-court press to retain the 29-year-old star forward this summer.

In sitting down with Anthony, who has made it abundantly clear that he wants to play for a winning team next season, Jackson wanted to allay any concerns Anthony might have about Kerr's inexperience as a coach. (Kerr, who played under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, has never coached at any level.) Jackson tried to do that, the sources said, by telling Anthony that he'd be both visible and available on the sidelines while the team takes part in training camp.

"Phil wanted [Anthony] to know that Kerr and his thinking will simply be an extension of himself," one of the sources said. "He wanted Carmelo to know he'll still be able to coach him by extension."

The two never discussed the idea of someone other than Kerr coaching the team.

Separately, according to one of the people familiar with the meeting, Anthony wasn't distressed by Jackson's comments about it being necessary for Anthony to take a smaller salary to stay in New York.

"[Anthony] didn't see [Phil's comments] as all that different from what he'd said himself a couple months ago," the person said.

"Money isn't the key factor at play here. Winning is."
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I would but would y'all do a chandler, shump n prig for Noah trade?
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I would but would y'all do a chandler, shump n prig for Noah trade?
I don't really want Shumpert traded.
 3 years ago '04        #10853
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The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks will likely enter free agency as the favorites to land Anthony.

The Bulls need a big upgrade on offense and Anthony could be that missing piece while the Knicks are where Anthony originally wanted to be and can offer him a bigger, longer deal than any other team.

If there is a trade between the Bulls and the Knicks, it would likely be a sign-and-trade that would send Anthony to Chicago, but according to a select few, it could be Bulls’ All-Star center Joakim Noah moving on to New York.

Although it is clearly not likely, Sam Smith of Bulls.com has heard the rumor.

New York is about stars. Plus, they have a shot at LeBron next summer if they hang onto ‘Melo; not if they lose him. So Phil’s got to get a star if he loses Anthony. I’ve heard this one: The Knicks get Noah and the Bulls get Tyson Chandler, a good expiring deal so they can go after Kevin Love next year, and Iman Shumpert, who is from Chicago and a good defender who Thibs would like and Pablo Prigioni, a good backup point if they lose Augustin and Hinrich.

Obviously, this seems like a long shot. The Bulls would basically be starting over and counting on free agents to win them a title, something that did not work out for them in 2010.
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wouldn't want to trade Shump, but for Noah? That's better than what Tyson would give us in the long run...

Sends Shump home to Chi, Tyson back where he started, and send Noah home to NY too... could work out... if we got Tony Snell, then I'm with it
 3 years ago '08        #10855
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If Noah had a better offensive game I'd do that trade
 3 years ago '04        #10856
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 dj ac said:
If Noah had a better offensive game I'd do that trade
He's basically a more consistent on defense Chandler doe
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 I Am The Truth said:
wouldn't want to trade Shump, but for Noah? That's better than what Tyson would give us in the long run...

Sends Shump home to Chi, Tyson back where he started, and send Noah home to NY too... could work out... if we got Tony Snell, then I'm with it
Yeah for the trade to work, chi would have to give up about 3.5 mill contract/s in return
 3 years ago '04        #10858
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Ian Begley

The Golden State Warriors are confident they have a strong chance to land Steve Kerr, but the Knicks are still believed to be the favorites in the race to hire the TNT broadcaster.

A source with knowledge of the Warriors' thinking says the team believes it has a "legit shot" to land Kerr as its next head coach. The organization is hoping that Kerr's ties to president Rick Welts will "bring [Kerr] over since they are so close."

Kerr has several ties to the Warriors organization, including strong relationships with owner Joe Lacob, son Kirk Lacob (who works in Golden State's front office) and Welts, with whom Kerr worked closely while general manager of the Phoenix Suns.

Despite the full-court press applied by Golden State, the Knicks are still the favorite to land Kerr as the next head coach, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor on Wednesday evening. The source cited Kerr's respect for Phil Jackson and said those feelings outweigh the lure of taking a Golden State job that would leave him closer to his California-based family.

"Unless something changes," the source said, "the relationship with Jackson is a very big part of this, and that's the way it looks like it will go."

The Warriors are well aware the Knicks have an advantage over them in their pursuit of Kerr due to his ties to Jackson.

The Warriors, according to a source, will try to sell Kerr on the benefits of coaching a team coming off a 51-win season and boasts one of the best young backcourts in the NBA with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

"They're selling the situation more than the money because they know they can't outbid [Knicks owner] James Dolan," the source said.

The Warriors, according to the source, will point out that other Knicks coaches who have worked under Dolan, including Larry Brown, Lenny Wilkens and Mike D'Antoni, have been fired or resigned. The thought process behind pointing that out is this: If that happened to experienced coaches, then what will happen to Kerr, who has never coached before?

But Kerr's ties to Jackson might outweigh that factor.

The Warriors are also a bit wary Kerr might be using his talks with them as leverage for his potential deal with the Knicks, the source said.

In addition to the Warriors and Knicks, the Utah Jazz are the latest team trying to barge into the race for Kerr, a source told ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

The Los Angeles Lakers also have a head-coaching vacancy, but, as of last week, Kerr wasn't giving Los Angeles strong consideration, according to a source with knowledge of Kerr's thinking.

Kerr and Jackson met to discuss the Knicks' coaching vacancy late last month. Kerr won three titles with the Chicago Bulls while playing for Jackson and said last month the Knicks wouldn't have any interest in him were it not for Jackson's presence.

Kerr called Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Los Angeles Clippers game on Tuesday night. He was expected to head home to discuss the job openings with his family, so a decision could come as early as Thursday.
 3 years ago '04        #10859
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Ian Begley

Mark Jackson revealed in separate radio interviews on Wednesday that he hasn't heard from the Knicks yet regarding their coaching vacancy, and he'd like to coach again.

Jackson said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" that he believes "coaching is in my future."

"There are some great jobs available," said Jackson, who was fired by the Warriors on Tuesday. "... I am exited about the next chapter in my life and what lies ahead. We'll see what happens."

The Knicks have a head-coaching vacancy but have not yet reached out to Jackson, the ex-Warriors coach told "The Dan Patrick Show."

Knicks president Phil Jackson is instead focused on Steve Kerr. The Warriors also have interest in Kerr.

A source with knowledge of the Warriors' thinking says the team believes that it has a "legit shot" to land Kerr as its next head coach. The organization is hoping that Kerr's ties to president Rick Welts will "bring [Kerr] over since they are so close."

Despite the full-court press applied by Golden State, the Knicks are still the favorite to land Kerr as the next head coach due to his relationship with Phil Jackson, a league source told ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor on Wednesday evening.

Phil Jackson is believed to be interested primarily in coaching candidates whom he has a relationship with.

In addition to interviewing Kerr, who won three titles under Jackson, the Knicks president has also talked to Bill Cartwright, who played under Jackson in Chicago.

Phil Jackson and Mark Jackson, who grew up in New York City, starred at St. John's and played for the Knicks, have no prior relationship.

Mark Jackson told Smith and Ruocco that he was "grateful" for the opportunity to coach in Golden State but was upset that unnamed sources released information about his firing before it was made official.

"There's not a question anymore, can I coach," Jackson said. "That's been proven. I'm grateful for the opportunity and we'll see what lies ahead."
 3 years ago '04        #10860
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No one should have a problem with Steve Kerr being a leading candidate for "a" coaching job.

He's a five-time champion. He's been groomed by champions. He's a former executive and a respected basketball mind who is far from the first individual with no coaching experience whatsoever to be on the verge of landing a head-coaching gig.

But that would be "a" job. As in one job. Not two jobs. Or three. Or four, depending on what reports you believe. For any individual with Kerr's lack of experience to have that many opportunities laid at their doorstep, it begs the question: "What the hell has Steve Kerr done to deserve multiple dabs at the cookie jar?"

Feel free to provide an answer to this question, folks.

Take your time. I'll wait.

For weeks, we've heard that Kerr has been the candidate for the New York Knicks' coaching vacancy. He's the guy Knicks president Phil Jackson wants. Actually, he's the only one, since no other candidate has even entered the equation. And if anyone has a problem with this, consider it nonsensical.

It's Kerr who won titles with Jackson. It's Kerr who knows the triangle offense. It's Kerr who has a personal relationship with Jackson, and is the man in whom Jackson purportedly trusts. And if the former coach with 11 rings wants a personal mentee to serve as a subordinate on the sidelines, it makes perfect sense.

But what sense do the Golden State Warriors make, since they called Kerr to gauge his interest practically minutes after firing Mark Jackson, fresh off of a 51-win season? What about the Los Angeles Lakers, who reportedly have some interest? Or the Utah Jazz, for that matter, who conceivably have zero chance of any reciprocated love from Kerr considering the other opportunities placed at his front door?

The answer would be simple: It makes absolutely no sense at all.

As unpopular as it might be to ask, I must: What exactly makes Kerr so special to anyone other than Jackson and the Knicks job? And oh, by the way, when has such an opportunity ever presented itself to any of his counterparts, especially blacks?

Avery Johnson is a former NBA Coach of the Year who guided the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Finals, but can't get a sniff right now. Sam Mitchell, another former COY, has been relegated to depending on NBA TV and Sirius XM Radio to remain relevant.

Stan Van Gundy, an exceptional coach, is still available. Lionel Hollins can't garner interest despite guiding the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals last year -- even while his successor followed it up with getting bounced in the first round. Some have questioned whether Mike Woodson will ever get another look after the season the Knicks just had, despite the fact that he'd just won 54 games and took the Knicks to the conference semis for the first time in 14 years just a season earlier.

We won't even bother elaborating on how former Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars was forced by ownership to hire Lawrence Frank instead of Woodson more than two years ago, before being forced to fire Mo Cheeks about 50 games into this season. And we won't bother with how Kerr is actually a hot commodity compared to Jackson, who was just fired by the Warriors despite back-to-back playoff appearances for a franchise that hadn't accomplished that feat since 1992.

Instead, one must ask, why Kerr? Does anyone know if he can coach? Not necessarily for the Knicks' job, but more so for the several jobs apparently at his disposal?

"I've known him for 20 years," Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said of Kerr, almost immediately following Jackson's firing. "I think very highly of him as an individual -- a great human being as well as a great basketball mind and a great pedigree."

Agreed.

But since when were those personal characteristics enough to qualify someone with zero experience at any level for multiple head-coaching gigs?

Has anyone taken a moment to ask if personal relationships and affections are all it takes to be a prime candidate these days, especially in three of the largest markets in the United States? What exactly does that say about black candidates -- and others -- who don't have such personal relationships to lean on?

As disgusted as we all should be that Mark Jackson lost his job after a 51-win season, the Warriors have every right to move in a different direction if they so choose. And so does Phil Jackson, particularly since anything would qualify as an improvement after the season we just witnessed in New York.

If Kerr has such intimate relationships with any of the other teams interested in him, more power to the TNT analyst. He's an incredibly nice man, unquestionably astute at the game of basketball, who deserves a shot. Mark Jackson got his without experience. So did Doc and McHale.

Except it's one thing to be a candidate for "a" job, and quite another to be THE candidate for several.
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