Many around the NBA circle believed that TNT analyst Steve Kerr coaching the Knicks next season was a done deal. To everyone’s surprise, Kerr decided to instead coach the Golden State Warriors, per reports.
TNT’s David Aldridge reports that Kerr and the Warriors agreed to a deal Wednesday evening that will pay Kerr $25 million over the next 5 years to become their new head coach. The Warriors job became available once Golden State fired Mark Jackson following the team’s first round loss to the Clippers despite the Warriors winning 51 games this past season.
Kerr was widely considered the favorite to land the Knicks job under his former coach Phil Jackson but, according to Aldridge, the possibility to coach closer to his family on the west coast was a major deciding factor for Kerr. He becomes the Warriors second consecutive coach that has no prior coaching experience on any level. To his credit, Kerr did serve as general manager for the Phoenix Suns from 2007-2010.
Kerr won five championships during his playing career where he was primarily a back up sharpshooter. It’s fitting that Kerr will be coaching one of the most prolific long-range shooting teams in the NBA, considering that Kerr owns the league record for highest career three-point percentage (.454).
Kerr also joins a franchise that already has an established star in Stephen Curry and an excellent supporting cast in Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut. Anything less than a return to the postseason next year should be viewed as a disappointing season for the Warriors.