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And it seems like we could be entering the home stretch of the Jackson-Kerr courtship this week.
Kerr worked as an analyst for TNT’s Game 7 broadcast of Thunder-Grizzlies on Saturday night. Following the broadcast, Kerr planned to travel back to San Diego to huddle with his family and discuss the opportunity to coach the Knicks, an NBA source confirmed.
So Kerr could conceivably come to a decision on the Knicks' job early this week.
He is scheduled to call Games 1 and 2 of the Oklahoma City-Los Angeles Clippers series. Game 1 is on Monday night.
Kerr has said that he is intrigued by the possibility of coaching under Jackson, the new Knicks president.
Kerr won three titles with the Bulls while playing for Jackson and said recently that the Knicks wouldn’t have any interest in him were it not for the presence of the Zen Master.
Jackson and Kerr have remained close over the years. Both have been quoted recently discussing the similarities in their “basketball philosophy.”
"I know Phil [said] we shared the same space, which I think is well said," Kerr said late last month. "We share a lot of the same philosophies. I learned a lot of my basketball from him and Tex Winter.
"It is safe to say that we have a lot of the same ideas. ... Obviously there is a strong connection between us and our beliefs."
Some have suggested that Kerr may consider the Lakers’ head coaching vacancy.
But several of Kerr's friends insist that he is not focused on the Lakers’ coaching job at this point.
Others have wondered if Kerr will consider coaching Golden State if the Warriors decide to fire head coach Mark Jackson.
Here’s what Marc Stein reported on Kerr and the Golden State Warriors last week:
“NBA coaching sources have maintained for weeks that the Warriors have strong interest in Kerr should they elect to part ways with Mark Jackson after a 51-win season, given Kerr's strong relationships with Warriors owner Joe Lacob, son Kirk Lacob (who works in Golden State's front office) and Warriors president Rick Welts, with whom Kerr worked closely in Phoenix.
"But sources repeated that the Knicks, because of the former Chicago Bulls guard's close relationship with Jackson, are the clear front-runners to land Kerr.”
There has also been speculation that Kerr would prefer working on the West Coast to be closer to his family. This may be one of the topics that Kerr discusses with his family this week. The plan to meet with his family after the Thunder-Grizzlies broadcast was first reported by the New York Post. The paper also reports that there is no interest between the Lakers and Kerr.
Details of a contract offer from the Knicks to Kerr are unclear at this point, but it is believed that Kerr will receive an offer that is similar in length to Jackson’s contract, which is for five years.
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It has been about 10 days since Phil Jackson publicly acknowledged that Steve Kerr is a candidate to coach the New York Knicks. And it seems like we could be entering the home stretch of the Jackson-Kerr courtship this week.