Jackson confident he can persuade former player to take role as coach.
The New York Knicks are hoping to complete a deal to install TNT analyst Steve Kerr as their new head coach by the start of May, according to reports.
Team president Phil Jackson wants to push through the move early next month, which would in theory help to soften the blow for the announcer’s current employers who look set to lose their top analyst in the middle of the playoffs.
However, it is understood that there is still some hesitancy on the part of Kerr, who not only is looking to continue discussions over making the jump from broadcasting into coaching, but he is also waiting to see if any other potential jobs open up after the playoffs.
With no prior coaching experience, it would appear to be a risky move for Kerr despite his previous ties with Jackson and their knowledge of the triangle offense amongst other things during their time together with at the Chicago Bulls.
Nevertheless, following his comments last week it appears that he is intrigued by the idea but is keen to continue talks with Jackson over a range of topics before making a final decision.
While speculation suggests that the Golden State Warriors could also be an option if current coach Mark Jackson were to part company with the team following the conclusion of the post-season, it is understood that the Knicks would remain the frontrunners.
Kerr has revealed that he will keep talking with Jackson over the coming weeks after two meetings over the weekend, but he also refused to address the player situation, which could be a sticking point given that the Knicks are unlikely to make many moves this summer while Carmelo Anthony will test free agency.