Steve Kerr Is So Lucky He Turned Down The Knicks Job
December 11 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
This summer, the media-speculated frontrunner for the New York Knicks head coaching job was TNT analyst Steve Kerr. After a failed stint as the Suns GM, Kerr was considered to be a risk insofar as he was stepping into a volatile situation with zero coaching experience under his belt. This undoubtedly contributed to Knicks President Phil Jackson's tentative lowball offer, which Golden State blew out of the water when they countered with a five-year, $22 million deal, that he eventually accepted.
This was widely accepted to be the reason Kerr chose the Bay Area and Steph Curry over the Big Apple and Carmelo Anthony.
Per The New York Post: "Had the Knicks originally offered Kerr five years, $22 million — $4.4 million a year — he probably would have closed the deal before Golden State could reenter the fray."
Fast-forward seven months and Kerr's logic becomes a bit clearer.
Steve Kerr: 1st coach in NBA history to win 19 of his first 21 games (via @EliasSports)