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Rumor: Phil Jackson Could Hire Steve Kerr to Coach New York Knicks

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Broadcaster Steve Kerr smiles on the court before the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament between the Butler Bulldogs and Connecticut Huskies at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 11, 2014

Update: Wednesday, March 12, 11:15 p.m. ET

Something tells me Mike Woodson is no longer thrilled about the Phil Jackson rumors.

Update: Tuesday, March 11 at 1:05 p.m. ET

Steve Kerr confirmed to Adam Zagoria of TheKnicksBlog.com that he'd like to try coaching at some point. He was formely the GM of the Phoenix Suns from 2007-2010.

"Yeah, I’ve said that publicly many times but, I’m not going to even go down that path for obvious reasons."

--End of update--

While the head coach has reason to feel worried about his job already, thanks to the utter futility the New York Knicks have endured throughout the season, it seems highly unlikely that he'd be sticking around should Jackson end up in the front office.

After all, new management usually likes to start things fresh and the legendary coach might already have someone picked out as Woodson's replacement. Or so the New York Daily News' Frank Isola reports:

Steve Kerr is certainly an interesting choice.

The obvious connection here is that he played for Jackson during the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat, so the front-office candidate is well aware of the former sharpshooter's work ethic and dedication to the sport.

More interesting, though, is Kerr's record after his playing days.

His days as the Phoenix Suns' general manager were interesting, though they were also unsuccessful. He made a number of questionable trades, and while they weren't enough to push the Suns into the promised land, you can't fault him for a lack of creativity and effort.

Also coming into play is Kerr's time as an announcer.

He's one of the best in the business, providing great insight throughout the broadcast and demonstrating a spectacular knowledge of the league. We've seen plenty of former players go from the booth to the head coaching ranks, with Doc Rivers serving as a notable recent example.

With that said, Rivers had experience on the sidelines before he worked with ESPN.

However, Rivers didn't have experience running the triangle, which Jackson is sure to bring with him to New York should he end up working for the franchise. It was his trademark offensive scheme and Kerr is quite familiar with it, having run the offense alongside Michael Jordan for years.

That works in his favor, but Kerr isn't the only candidate.

"The next Knicks head coach could be Byron Scott or maybe Kurt Rambis," reported Isola. "A person close to Jackson raised an interesting candidate: Steve Kerr, the former Suns GM turned TNT broadcaster. Kerr played for Jackson but has no head coaching experience."

Let's say the team sticks with what has emerged as the leading rumor. Wouldn't this just be the perfect Knicks move?

Not only would they be hiring a front-office man with no experience in that role, but they'd also be throwing a rookie coach out onto the sidelines.

Is it the type of plan that would fly with Carmelo Anthony, seeing as all decisions for next year and the future basically need to be run by the high-scoring superstar?

We may be about to find out. With nothing else working, however, this might just be interesting enough to pan out rather well for the beleaguered franchise.

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