- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Amar'e Stoudemire wasn't all that surprised on Wednesday night when he heard Steve Kerr was headed to Golden State instead of New York.
"It's one of those situations with Kerr where he has a great opportunity in San Francisco, his daughter goes to [Cal Berkeley], he's from California. It's beautiful weather year round, great young team. It's kind of hard to turn down so it's a little bit tough," Stoudemire said on Thursday at an event in Manhattan to promote The Art of Shaving's "Lexington Collection."
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Stoudemire has been home doing "daddy duty" recently while reading and listening to reports that said Kerr was expected to be the Knicks' next coach.
"I thought we were set on Steve. It didn't pan out that way so we've got to see what's next," Stoudemire said.
The Knicks' forward played in Phoenix while Kerr was the GM in 2007-2010. He says he can understand why Kerr chose to coach in Golden State instead of for Phil Jackson due to the factors at play.
"For any one of us, if we have a job that's offering more, [that's] in your hometown where your children are growing up, most of us would probably take that job as well. It's the nature of the business," Stoudemire said.
Kerr signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Warriors. The Knicks were offering four years for $20 million, a league source told ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor. There were also other factors at play for Kerr, such as the opportunity to coach close to home with the Warriors.
So what happens now?
"That's a great question. There's a few coaches out there that are soon to be coaches. Not sure where we're going with that, but we'll see," Stoudemire said. "My job is to, whatever coach comes in, is to be a leader to our ballclub, get us back to the playoffs and then go from there."
ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported Thursday that Jackson was looking for a young coach who he could mold, similar to what Pat Riley did in Miami with Erik Spoelstra.
Stoudemire was asked about the idea of playing for a first-year coach.
"I think I've done it before. If I'm not mistaken, Terry Porter was a new coach [in Phoenix] and it wasn't great," Stoudemire said with a laugh. (Porter actually coached in Milwaukee before Phoenix).
"But we tried to roll with the punches, we tried to figure it out. But I'm sure there's a great track record so far with young coaches who are new coaches. Even Doc Rivers, for example. Mark Jackson did a great job in Golden State in my opinion. So there's a pretty cool track record of that and we'll see if we can keep it going."
STAT "not sure" about Melo: For the second time in a week, Stoudemire was asked about Carmelo Anthony's free agency. He's not sure where Anthony is going to end up this summer.
"I don't know. I still don't know. It's a tough decision man, it's a very tough decision for him," Stoudemire said. "So I'm not totally sure yet what he's going to do."
Stoudemire was asked about his "gut feeling" on Anthony.
"Right now, I have no idea," he said.
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