Did Steve Kerr Make The Right Decision By Choosing To Coach The Warriors Instead Of The Knicks?
For the better part of the last month or so, we’ve been told over and over and over again that the New York Knicks were thisclose to making Steve Kerr their next head coach. Because of Kerr’s history with new Knicks team president Phil Jackson and because Jackson is the one who essentially turned Kerr into a hot coaching prospect in the first place, the belief was that Kerr was going to come in and coach the Knicks next season. However, the Knicks weren’t the only team pursuing Kerr. The Golden State Warriors were also interested in him, and the Utah Jazz were reportedly looking at him as a possible candidate for their head coaching vacancy as well. But the Knicks were the frontrunners and it was a foregone conclusion that he would end up in New York.
So you can imagine how surprised we were last night when, out of nowhere, Kerr revealed that he was joining…the Warriors? Yes, he decided to take his talents to the West Coast and cited a variety of reasons for picking Golden State over the Knicks. As it turns out, one of the main reasons that he chose the Warriors over the Knicks was because of the location of the team. He has a daughter who attends the University of California, a son who goes to college in San Diego, and another child who is still in high school in California. So he wanted to stay close to them. But he also admitted that the Warriors’ talent made the Golden State job very attractive.
“They have a good young team,” he said, alluding to the fact that the Warriors have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and a handful of other good, young players on their roster.
Did he make the right decision, though? Is the Warriors’ job better than the Knicks’ job? At this point, yes. In Golden State, Kerr will have more weapons at his disposal and a better team right away. With the Knicks, he would have been forced to wait out one or two years before things got good. Plus, he won’t have as much pressure on him in Golden State as he would if he coached in the Big Apple. So really, it shouldn’t be surprising at all to see him agree to become the head coach of the Warriors. The five-year, $25 million contract he signed probably didn’t hurt, either.
What do you think of Kerr’s decision to join the Warriors instead of the Knicks? Did he make the right call—or is he going to regret going with Golden State instead of New York?