Despite back-to-back playoff seasons, Jackson was dismissed on Tuesday.
The Golden State Warriors have reportedly reached out to Steve Kerr regarding their coaching vacancy after firing Mark Jackson on Tuesday.
According to ESPN, Kerr is open to at least listening to what Golden State have to say as he is also linked with the coaching role at the New York Knicks.
Knicks team president Phil Jackson has already met with Kerr to discuss the vacancy and the possibility of the two reuniting after their successful player-coach relationship at the Chicago Bulls.
However, Kerr also has significant ties with the Warriors, and ultimately having insisted that he will not rush into a decision, it is reported that he was waiting to see which other jobs opened up this summer.
The Utah Jazz have also been mentioned in the race to sign the TNT analyst, but it is understood that the Knicks remain the favourites to land him based on the strength of the connection with Jackson.
Nevertheless, given the fact that Kerr has strong relationships with Warriors owner Joe Lacob, and son Kirk, as well as president Rick Welts, it is felt that they will likely prove to be stiff competition for the Knicks.
Kerr has never coached before but has served as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns between 2007 and 2010, and has previously discussed his “strong connection” with Jackson which suggests that he will opt for the Knicks job if he decides to take on his first coaching role.
However, while experts discuss whether or not it was the right move to dismiss Jackson after he led the Warriors to impressive seasons and helped to continue the development of the likes of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, Kerr could be an option to take the bench in Oakland.