Knicks president Phil Jackson met with the media on Friday and said that Steve Kerr verbally committed to coach New York one day prior to accepting the Golden State Warriors job, via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal. We all knew that Kerr came close to accepting the Knicks offer, and he's spoken at length about his loyalty to Jackson and the difficulty of his decision. A few days before coming to terms with him, Golden State feared he was "too deep" in negotiations with New York, ESPN reported at the time. No one until Jackson, however, had mentioned a verbal commitment. He also acknowledged that he'd told Carmelo Anthony that Kerr would be the coach.
Phil Jackson: Steve Kerr committed to Knicks before joining Warriors
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