The New York Knicks have moved on from Steve Kerr, and are pursuing other head coaching options, including ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson. Kerr, who replaced Jackson in Golden State, cited the distance from his family as one reason why he chose the job with the Warriors. Another reason might be because Marv Albert was chirping in his ear.
“Well, I told him it never ends well there. Just look at recent history. It’s because of one man (Dolan),” Albert told me Thursday over the telephone. “There is no happiness there. I say this with all kinds of friends I have there and (the ones) at the MSG Network. Everybody hates being there. For coaches it’s very difficult. Steve couldn’t accept anyone (from MSG’s PR staff) following him around with a tape recorder. Like Phil, Steve is a guy who wants to say what he wants to say,” Albert continued. “He’s very opinionated, which doesn’t always work when you are at the Garden.”
Who wouldn't want to work under those conditions? Listen, you can't blame Steve Kerr for foregoing the opportunity to be shadowed by one of Dolan' minions, in exchange for being the coach of a much better team that is closer to his family.
Albert also said Kerr “talked to a lot of people about what went on in the Garden.” And while the Dolan Affect was part of his decision, it was just one of a few factors we already outlined. “He was enamored by New York and Phil. It was more Phil than anything else,” Albert said. “I know Steve felt bad when he said goodbye to Phil after making his decision. Steve really did check it out very carefully. To me it (his decision) was a no-brainer.”