Steve Kerr’s ties to the Phoenix Suns run deep – so deep they’ll complicate him becoming the Knicks’ (or Warriors’ or Jazz’s) coach.
Kerr helped Robert Sarver buy the Suns in 2004 and then served as Phoenix’s general manager between 2007 and 2010. Somewhere along the way, he acquired a stake in the team, which he still holds.
Obviously, a Suns owner coaching the Knicks would be a conflict of interest.
Marc Berman of the New York Post:
The Post has learned Kerr still owns a tiny piece of the Suns — believed to be less than 1 percent — which he will have to divest. The NBA will grant him an allotted amount of time to sell his piece.
Phoenix owner Robert Sarver — like Kerr, a University of Arizona alum — confirmed Kerr still has financial interest in the Suns
The question with Kerr is where he’ll coach, not if he’ll coach. Therefore, he’s had plenty of time to find a buyer and could even have one already lined up.
I don’t anticipate this being a problem, though it’s at least possible. I just found that to be an interesting hurdle Kerr must clear.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.