After an exhausting and unpredictable coaching search, the Golden State Warriors have finally found their man: Steve Kerr.
The deal was first reported by David Aldridge of NBA.com, and it is expected to be a five-year, $25 million contract for Kerr. The Warriors beat out the Knicks for Kerr, who was being courted by Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ president. It seemed like just a formality that Kerr would choose to coach the Knicks, but instead, he will take his services to the Bay Area.
Kerr has no previous coaching experience, but spent three seasons (2007-2010) as the GM of the Suns. He has also been a broadcaster for TNT for many years, and has deep knowledge of the game.
The Warriors’ coaching search appeared to take a turn for the worse on Tuesday, when Stan Van Gundy, one of their top choices, took the job with the Pistons instead, and chances of landing Kerr were also slim to none. But in a last-ditch effort, the Warriors’ brass that included owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers flew to Oklahoma City to meet with Kerr, who was broadcasting a game for TNT. Apparently, that must have done the trick.
Kerr has connections with several members of the Warriors’ front office. Besides being friends with Lacob, he worked with Warriors president Rick Welts while with the Suns.
“We love Kerr,” said Lacob via text to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. “Incredibly prepared. We got him because of our players. The Golden State Warriors’ future is bright.”