Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a thoughtful assessment of the failed Phil Jackson presidential regime, feeling the Zen Master was due bad luck after his record-setting “11 Rings” coaching career, when everything went right. Jackson was fired after June’s draft, when owner James Dolan viewed Jackson promoting the notion he was looking to deal Kristaps Porzingis if the price was right as the last straw. Kerr, whose defending champions practiced at St. John’s on Tuesday, told reporters Jackson has put the Knicks on “a good path” but “felt bad” at his ouster after three seasons of 17-65, 32-50 and 31-51 records. Kerr, who had a verbal agreement to become the Knicks coach before reneging in 2014, praised some of Jackson’s moves, including hiring Jeff Hornacek, who was slated to become Kerr’s top assistant in Golden State if Hornacek didn’t get the Knicks’ job. “I felt bad for the way things ended,” Kerr said. “I think Phil did some good things here. Drafting [Kristaps] Porzingis and hiring Jeff Hornacek. I think [Frank] Ntilikina looks like a good player. It feels like they’re on a good path right now.” Kerr, who has maintained a friendship with Jackson after playing under him and winning three titles in Chicago, admitted Jackson was in the right place at the right time in succeeding Doug Collins.
Steve Kerr: Why Phil Jackson was ruined with Knicks
New York Post | Nov 22