Steve Kerr reportedly wants to be Knicks head coach

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Former Arizona Wildcats point guard Steve Kerr could join Phil Jackson in New York.

The New York Post reports that Steve Kerr "absolutely expects" newly-appointed New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson to name him as the head coach and that he will take the job if it's indeed offered to him.

Kerr, the former Arizona Wildcats guard, has been rumored to be a candidate for some time, but this is a second concrete report to date -- ESPN's Marc Stein said the job was Kerr's to accept a few weeks back.

Kerr currently resides in the Turner Sports broadcast chair and has been a key player there for NCAA Tournament coverage and regular Thursday night NBA games. The Post reports that Kerr has put TNT on notice that he made need to be covered should a job offer come his way, as the playoffs begin this weekend.

The former Wildcat point guard of course has history with Jackson, who was brought in to New York to help general manager Steve Mills and work under owner James Dolan. The move puts current Knicks coach Mike Woodson's head on the chopping block, especially considering many believe Jackson will want a team to run his triangle offense.

Kerr knows that offense well. Jackson was his coach with the Chicago Bulls from 1996-98, when the team won three titles behind Michael Jordan. Kerr also won two more titles with the San Antonio Spurs and longtime coach Gregg Popovich.

And while Kerr hasn't spent time on the bench, he did go through a brief but relatively successful run as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007-10. He left the team after his third season to be closer to his family and after the team made a run to the 2010 Western Conference Finals.

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