NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks President Phil Jackson is making headway.
According to the New York Daily News, TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr is close to finalizing a deal that would make him the next head coach of the ‘Bockers.
Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who now represents Kerr, is still in the process of negotiating with the Knicks. But both parties feel confident that a deal will be completed early this week, the newspaper reported.
It had previously been reported that Jackson wanted to have Kerr hired at the beginning of the month, following the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The former Phoenix Suns general manager has been linked to the job for two months and at one point was considered a lock for the position. The Golden State Warriors emerged as a possible landing spot after Mark Jackson was let go last week, but what’s likely working in the Knicks’ favor is Kerr’s relationship with Jackson.
Kerr has no coaching experience, but — in addition to playing for the Zen Master from 1993-1998 and winning five championships with him — Kerr has strong knowledge of the triangle offense, which Jackson ran throughout his illustrious career on the sidelines.
“There’s no question in my mind whatever he chooses to do he is going to be very successful at it,” Lute Olson, who coached Kerr at the University of Arizona, told the New York Daily News.
Following a dreadful 37-45 season, former coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff were fired.
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