On Tuesday night when everyone was enjoying the NBA Playoffs, or at least trying to due to the blowouts, Marc Stein of ESPN dropped some information regarding the Utah Jazz and their current head coaching search. A new name that the Jazz could be potentially targeting, TNT analyst Steve Kerr.
Latest on Steve Kerr front: Utah Jazz, I’m told, have also tried to wedge their way into the race for the TNT analyst alongside NYK and GSW
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 7, 2014
The Jazz have been rumored to want to interview more than 20 possible head coaches to fill the vacancy left when the Jazz decided not to re-sign Tyrone Corbin. Other names that have been in Jazz rumors to become the next head coach is European coaching legend Ettore Messina, Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder, Phoenix Suns assistant coach Mike Longabardi, and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen. Before the rumor of the Jazz wanting to talk to Kerr, rumors were that Boylen, former University of Utah head coach, was the front runner for the job.
Kerr has expressed that he wants to coach and has been mainly tied into rumors to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks. Kerr’s ties in New York are with new Knicks president Phil Jackson. Kerr was supposedly trying to get a deal done with the Knicks by the time the first round of the NBA Playoffs wrapped up, but did not happen, at least not yet.
Kerr is also being rumored to be getting a phone call from the Golden State Warriors as well as the Jazz and the Knicks, after the Warriors decided to fire coach Mark Jackson on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Stein, with the ties that Kerr has with Jackson and the Knicks, they still remain to be the heavy favorites to land the TNT analyst. If the Jazz were to land Kerr, how would Jazz fans react? Do they embrace him, or would they be uneasy with the hiring of a former Chicago Bull that beat the Jazz in the NBA Finals? Only time will tell, but as of now, and according to Stein, Jazz fans might not have to worry.