Steve Kerr to lead Warriors, spurning the Knicks
In the meantime, the NBA was busy. Kevin Durant collected his first Most Valuable Player trophy while guiding the Oklahoma City Thunder to the cusp of the Western Conference finals. Donald Sterling, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was barred from the league for life for making racist statements. V. Stiviano, who recorded Sterling, introduced herself to the world. And the Knicks’ J.R. Smith took advantage of an early start to his offseason by playing many rounds of golf.
Kerr continued to say little publicly about his discussions with the Knicks. So when it was revealed that Kerr had cast the lone first-place vote for the Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. in the NBA’s Rookie of the Year balloting, observers were left to try to connect the dots. Did it mean something?
And while the Knicks did hold a news conference Wednesday night, it was only to unveil the name and logo of their new Development League team based in White Plains. (For the record, the D-League Knicks will be known as the Westchester Knicks.)
Kerr spent 15 seasons in the league as a player, averaging 6 points and 1.8 assists a game. He won three straight championships with the Bulls, from 1996 to 1998, before winning two more as a reserve with the San Antonio Spurs, in 1999 and 2003. He retired as the league’s career leader in 3-point percentage (.454), a mark that still stands.
Kerr served as the president and general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007 to 2010. The Suns compiled a 155-91 record and made two playoff appearances during Kerr’s three seasons in charge.
Executives from the Warriors met with Kerr this week in Oklahoma City, where he was broadcasting a game. The Warriors had been pursuing Stan Van Gundy, but he accepted an offer Wednesday to join the Detroit Pistons as their coach and president for basketball operations.
With two suitors, Kerr had all the leverage. He used it to the very end.
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