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Golden State Warriors Could Sway New York Knicks Coaching Decision

May 6th, 2014 at 7:35 PM
By Matt Agne

It's no secret that Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks plan on hiring Steve Kerr as the next head coach of the orange and blue. However, with Mark Jackson's future with the Golden State Warriors up in the air could their decision sway New York's?

'2013 Golden State Warriors 5' photo (c) 2013, Michael Tipton - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Many New York Knicks fans wanted the franchise to hire Mark Jackson as their head coach when they decided to keep Mike Woodson as their head man. A few seasons later and Jackson has become one of the best young coaches and Woodson is out of a job. That being said, Jackson has ruffled some feathers within the Golden State Warriors and found the organization moving in another direction.

That's caused Steve Kerr, who lives on the west coast, to wait on signing with the Knicks incase the Warriors come calling. While New York is still the most likely landing spot for Kerr the firing of Jackson has thrown more doubt into that situation. If has also brought another candidate for the Knicks job into light. Could Kerr replace Jackson on Golden State's bench and Jackson replace Kerr as the Knicks top coaching option?

'Kobe Bryant Injury Dahntay Jones Dangerous Play - Mark Jackson, Warriors' photo (c) 2013, Zennie Abraham - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

ESPN reports the ties between Kerr, Jackson, the Warriors and the Knicks.

"Thanks to the Warriors organization for the opportunity you gave me," Jackson told ESPN. "Thanks to the great fans for all of your support!! Thank you to my players!! Who I love!! We accomplished a lot together!! I wish you all nothing but the best! God bless."

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Sunday that Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy would be at the top of Golden State's search list if Jackson were fired. The New York Daily News, citing a league source, reported the Warriors have already contacted Kerr. The Warriors are also expected to speak with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, league sources told ESPN.

Sources close to the situation say the New York Knicks remain the favorite to land Kerr, thanks to the TNT broadcaster's close ties to new team president Phil Jackson. But Kerr also has strong relationships with Warriors owner Joe Lacob and team president Rick Welts, with whom he worked in Phoenix.

While it's still expected that Kerr lands in New York it's not out of the question for him to land in California. And although Jackson has shown problems with authority it's not out of the question that he'd sign on under Phil Jackson and return to New York

Would Kerr be willing to spurn his friend Phil for a chance to stay on the west coast? Would Mark be willing to coach the triangle offense? Only time will tell the answer to those questions. For now, one can only speculate.

It wouldn't be entirely crazy for Frank Vogel to lose his job with the Indiana Pacers either. That could lead to Kerr ending up with the Warriors, Jackson ending up with the Pacers and the Knicks going to an alternative plan. 

Only time will tell. What we know for sure is the Knicks and Warriors are both in talks with Kerr. We know that Jackson has been let go by Golden State. We also know that the Knicks are in need of a head coach. Who will fill those openings is still up in the air but it's clear that one franchise's decision will effect the others. 

'P1000165' photo (c) 2013, Matthew Addie - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Tags: Basketball, Frank Vogel, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Mark Jackson, Mike Woodson, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr

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