Steve Kerr hired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors

Steve Kerr has snubbed Phil Jackson and the Knicks, will coach the Warriors instead

5/15/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Mar 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; TV announcer Steve Kerr watches in the first half of a men's college basketball game between Providence Friars and North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY SportsPhil Jackson and the Knicks were pursuing Steve Kerr to be their next head coach, but it looks like Kerr will be taking his talents elsewhere, after signing a $25 million deal to fill the same position with the Golden State Warriors.

Kerr reportedly agreed to a 5-year deal with the Warriors, while the Knicks were only offering 4 years.

Also, the Warriors' location offered Kerr a chance to be closer to where his children attend college.

Previously, Kerr worked in the front office for the Phoenix Suns, the team who originally drafted him back in 1988.

Kerr said he struggled with the idea of turning down his former coach:
"Ultimately, it was agonizing to say no to Phil because of what I think of him and what he's done for my career. When Phil Jackson asks you to coach the Knicks, how do you say no? I think they're going to turn it around, but going to be a big undertaking and it's going to take time. The idea of doing that 3,000 miles from home, it just didn't feel right."

In the end, it was the opportunity to stay somewhat close to his family that did the trick.

And the 5 years, $25 million probably didn't hurt.
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5/15/14   |   Scott   |   53586 respect

The Warriors also have a better roster and players to work with.  The Knicks are somewhat of a mess right now, especially with the uncertainty of whether Carmelo Anthony is going to opt out of his contract