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Report: Steve Kerr “expects” to be offered, will take Knicks coaching job


This has been the buzz around the league for weeks: The New York Knicks coaching job is Steve Kerr’s if he wants it.

At some point in the next few days Mike Woodson will be officially let go by the Knicks. Everyone knows it, including Woodson. When looking for a replacement to run a triangle (or at least triangle-light) system Phil Jackson’s coaching tree isn’t that big. Kerr, the former Bulls player, Suns GM and current broadcaster with TNT can be considered part of that tree.

Kerr think’s he will get an offer, reports George Willis at the New York Post.

According to a source close to the situation, Kerr “absolutely expects” to be offered the job. “And if he’s offered the job, he’s definitely going to do it,” the source told The Post.

The Post has learned Kerr has had conversations with his bosses at Turner Sports about adjusting his schedule as an analyst during the upcoming playoffs should he be named the Knicks’ head coach.

“Definitely” seems a little strong here, if you ask me. Likely? Sure. But if watching negotiations (sports, business, political) has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is definite.

Kerr would have to give up life in warm and sunny San Diego, where he wanted to be to spend more time with family, and he would have to give up a relatively cushy TNT broadcast job, to throw himself to the wolves in New York. Next season the Knicks are not going to be able to dramatically change the roster, and they are going to be installing a new offensive system. There are going to be bumps. The media there is not as forgiving as Phoenix (to put it kindly) and the fans expect things to turn around quickly.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride, no matter where it ultimately leads, Kerr needs to be sure that’s what he wants.

That said, you know that back channel communications have already taken place and that if Kerr had no interest this would be dead already. Most people around the league expect Kerr to take the job, this report certainly reflects that.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.