One week after the end of the Mark Jackson era, the Golden State Warriors were able to land their primary target and signed former Suns GM Steve Kerr to helm the Warriors ship.
The pursuit for Kerr was tumultuous as he was highly sought after by several NBA teams including the Knicks and Pistons. The Knicks seemed to be the likely frontrunner due to the fact that Kerr’s former coach Phil Jackson is the President, and the Knicks were able to offer a lucrative contract. The Warriors knew that they wanted Kerr and did not want to lose him to another team, so Warriors management traveled out to Oklahoma City where Kerr was announcing, made a final pitch, and was able to convince the former 16-year pro that the Warriors were the best fit for him and his family.
Initial reports call for the contract to be in the five-year, $25 million range. They say Kerr will have the autonomy to choose his own staff.
Many are concerned because Kerr never has been a coach in the NBA and may lead the Warriors to the same situation as they were in with the previous Jackson regime.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob wanted to put those fears to bed and stated that, “We went out and wanted to find the best guy to lead this team to the next level. Kerr is the best fit for this team”.
Kerr played 16 seasons and is a five-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. He is widely regarded and respected throughout the NBA and will bring a wealth of playoff experience and championship pedigree to the Warriors franchise.
This is a bold move for the Warriors as they are banking that Kerr will take this team past the 51-win mark and make them an elite franchise. Only time will tell if this move was the make or break for this team.