While the 2014 NBA Playoffs are hot, the NBA coaching rumors are on fire. The fact that the New York Knicks let go of Mike Woodson came as absolutely no surprise. The fact that the Golden State Warriors fired Mark Jackson came as a bit of a surprise, although I said it was possible for weeks, given what has transpired with other former coaches and staff members. The Los Angeles Lakers are also still conducting their search to replace Mike D’Antoni, and plenty of names have surfaced. That is true of all three of the current biggest openings, with one many leading the chase for at least two of the three. The irony here is that the hottest NBA coaching commodity has absolutely zero coaching experience. That is not preventing the Knicks and Warriors from putting on a full-court press to hire Steve Kerr.
It came as no great secret that the Knicks would court Kerr, given his ties to new basketball boss Phil Jackson. But, with the recent firing of Mark Jackson, along with his ties to the west coast, the Warriors are now expected to compete with the Knicks over hiring Kerr. He may not have had the most successful from as an NBA general manager, but multiple teams believe that he will make an excellent head coach.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are reportedly looking at a man who brings decades of head coaching experience. Just not in the NBA.
Back in 2004, current University of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams declined to be interviewed by the Lakers. Los Angeles GM Mitch Kupchak is a Tar Heels graduate, and would love to bring in a fellow Carolina guy to lead his team. I just don’t see it as likely.
The Lakers will probably not land Williams. They almost certainly will not land Kerr, who could choose between the Knicks and Warriors. The question remains, if Kerr goes to the Warriors, Could the recently fired Jackson return to his former roots and take the head job in New York?
This is the NBA. Anything is possible.