Golden State Opts for Kerr as New Coach

The coaching vacancy in Golden State lasted just over a week.

Eight days after firing Mark Jackson, the Warriors agreed to a five-year $25 million deal with TNT analyst Steve Kerr to become the next coach of the Warriors. 

Ever since Phil Jackson became the president of basketball operations in New York, Kerr became a coaching commodity even though he has never spent time on the sideline in any capacity.

Kerr served as general manager of the Suns for three seasons before returning to broadcasting in 2011 following a 14 year career in the NBA.

Jackson served as his coach in Chicago for five seasons as Kerr was a key member of the second three-peat for the Bulls in the late 1990s.

The Knicks were pursuing him for months, hoping to have Kerr implement the triangle offense that made Chicago so successful two decades ago.

As a player, Steve Kerr won five championships, three with Chicago and two while playing for the Spurs.

Yahoo! even reported New York strengthened its offer tot he 48-year-old, adding a guaranteed fourth year to its contract proposal.

Instead, Kerr spurned the offer, perhaps to avoid the Knicks’ rebuilding efforts, to join a team with an established star point guard and an offensive identity.

Golden State was ousted by the Clippers in Game 7 of the opening round of the post season, leading to the dismissal of Jackson.

Throughout the season, tension was mounting between Jackson and team ownership, as two assist coaches were dismissed by the coach in the middle of the season.

His team wanted him to return, but it was apparent he wasn’t going to return. Prior to Game 7 against the Clippers, Jermaine O’Neal told the media that it felt like Jackson wouldn’t be returning next season.

All-Star guard Stephen Curry even endorsed Jackson after the season concluded, hoping the Golden State would retain him after guiding the franchise to its first 50-win season in 20 years.

Steve Kerr signed a five-year $25 million deal to become the 25th different coach in Golden State's 68-year history.

The team is also coming off consecutive trips to the post season for the first time since 1992.

Three days after O’Neal expressed his feelings about Jackson’s future, Golden State announced his firing.

Playoff success has been fleeting in Golden State, as it hasn’t advanced to the Western Conference finals since 1976, a year after winning its third title in franchise history.

The Warriors initially pursued former Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy but he instead agreed to terms with Detroit, becoming the organization’s coach and president of basketball operations.

Instead of joining New York, a team that may lose Carmelo Anthony in free agency this summer, the core of Golden State’s roster will remain in tact next season.

While the Warriors — like New York — don’t have a first round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, using their selection as incentive to free up enough cap space to sign Andre Iguodala last summer.

Along with a better roster, signing with Golden State allows him to remain in close proximity to his family in San Diego.

Now Kerr just needs to make a home along the sidelines for the Warriors.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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