Minutes before the Warriors announced the firing of Mark Jackson, the agent for one of the candidates to replace him alluded to possible interest in the opening.
TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr is considering a move to coaching, and his agent, Mike Tannenbaum, told WFAN on Tuesday that that other teams besides New York could interest the five-time NBA champion.
“Obviously there’s interest (in the Knicks), and he has a very unique relationship with Phil Jackson, and you know we’ll see what happens,” Tannenbaum said of the Knicks president who coached Kerr while with Chicago.
“He’s been broadcasting for a while. You know there could be some other openings, so we’ll see where things go.
Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said later Tuesday that his friend Kerr could be interviewed for the job.
“I’ve known him for 20 years,” Lacob said. “I think very highly of him as an individual — a great human being as well as a great basketball mind, I believe, and a great pedigree.”
Tannenbaum said Kerr hasn’t yet made the decision when he will begin coaching, but that the San Diego resident has done what it takes to be successful despite the lack of experience.
“He will coach,” Tannenbaum said. “I don’t know when. It could be in the next three weeks. It could be in the next three years, but when we started working together last year, one of the charges he gave me was to get him ready.
“On his own dime, he flew across the country and spent time with coach (Bill) Parcells in Saratoga, N.Y. and asked him all those hard questions on what it was like coaching, and he spent a ton of time with the Lute Olsons of the world and the Gregg Popovichs and the R.C. Bufords.”