“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."
Kerr recently huddled with his family in San Diego to talk about taking the Knicks job, according to an NBA source. A decision could come from Kerr later this week. It is unclear how or whether the Warriors' interest will impact that timetable.
Kerr is said to be intrigued by the possibility of coaching close to his family, which resides in San Diego. That factor, combined with Kerr's ties to the organization, will make turning down the Warriors a tough proposition. The New York Daily News first reported the Warriors' contact with Kerr.
"I'm sure Steve will consider all of his options," one NBA source familiar with the Knicks' pursuit of Kerr said last week.
Still, at this point, the Knicks are believed to be the frontrunner for Kerr's services based on Kerr's relationship with Phil Jackson. Kerr has said he is intrigued by the possibility of coaching under Jackson. Kerr won three titles with the Bulls while playing for Jackson and said recently the Knicks wouldn’t have any interest in him were it not for the presence of the Zen Master.
The two men have remained close since Kerr’s playing days.
As far as Phil Jackson hiring Mark Jackson, a former Knick and a Queens native, that appears to be a long shot at this point. Jackson has focused his coaching/front-office hires exclusively on people with whom he has previous relationships. He has no previous ties to Mark Jackson.