So much intrigue is happening now that the Knicks have hung them up for the season. This weekly series is here to help you keep track of it all.
Last week, the name of the game was speculation. This week, it turns to anticipation as the main character, Steve Kerr, is expected to make a decision soon on where he will begin his coaching career. There has been plenty of noise that has him pegged for the MSG sidelines, but just as much noise potentially steering him away…
1. Kerr Talk
According to Frank Isola, Phil Jackson’s recruitment of Steve Kerr could be wrapped up by the end of this week. Until then, it’s hurry up and wait. Did I mention the word “anticipation”?
If it were up to Kerr’s TNT colleague and eternal Knicks antagonist Reggie Miller, however, Kerr would wait it out and think his options over more thoroughly:
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) May 1, 2014
2. Mark Jackson Out
Though the job wasn’t officially vacant at the time of Miller’s tweet, one of Steve Kerr’s options now includes the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, as Mark Jackson was fired Tuesday. While there is something to be said of the chance to rebuild, few could argue that the Warriors job is a better position to step into than that of the Knicks right now, excluding the Phil Jackson connection.
Should Kerr decide to coach elsewhere, some will chalk it up to his new team having better players, while plenty of others will wonder out loud if Phil has lost his touch in the art of persuasion.
3. Mavs Eyeing Some Knicks?
The Mavericks joined the Warriors in the offseason this past weekend, and will apparently attempt to get “on the short list” of teams that will talk to Carmelo this summer. Marc Stein’s report says that it will most likely be a formality, given Melo’s expressed desire to compete for championships now, and the Mavericks’ needs list that doesn’t include a forward who can shoot the lights out.
Still, the Mavs will be a team to keep an eye on in the Summer of Melo’s Free Agency.
According to Stein, the more realistic scenario is that the Mavericks try to lure back Tyson Chandler, who is under contract for another year, but could be traded.
4. Tim Hardaway Jr Gets a R.O.Y. Vote
4th among rookies in both scoring (10.2ppg) and 3PT percentage (36.3), Hardaway Jr. was a rare bright spot this season. He will in all likelihood be voted onto an All-Rookie team when they are announced in a few weeks.
Michael Carter-Williams took home the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year, but Tim Jr. received one first-place vote.
Who did that vote come from? Steve Kerr.
Who was the last Knick to win Rookie of the Year? Mark Jackson.
5. Amar’e on Colin Cowherd’s Show
STAT continued his radio tour promoting his new cookbook on ESPN’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd. He told Cowherd that he likes Steve Kerr from his days in Phoenix (where Kerr was GM) and that he thinks he can play in Phil Jackson’s system.
He told Dan Patrick last week that he hadn’t talked to Carmelo about his free agency, but told Cowherd that his “gut feeling” was that Melo will remain in New York.
-Carmelo attended the Met Ball with La La. Wonder if Kate Upton tried to convince him to stay with the Knicks?
-Have you heard that joke about who’s playing basketball in May and who’s playing golf? J.R. Smith has been playing golf on some nice courses, taking in some PGA action, and playfully trash talking Allan Houston.
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) May 2, 2014
-Spero Dedes is leaving MSG. He claims that he couldn’t juggle Knicks gigs and national, but Mike Breen has shown that it can be done. So he probably just doesn’t want to do both.
-Jerry Stackhouse and Bill Cartwright have both met with Phil Jackson, presumably about positions on the Knicks.