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Lowell Cohn: If Steve Kerr can coach, he'll be everything Warriors want (w/video)

  • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr arrives for a news conference Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Kerr plans to finish his duties broadcasting the Western Conference finals for TNT before starting with the Warriors.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Back to Myers: "At that point, it was difficult because interviewing is a big part of the process. It really was, 'How are we going to get the interview with Steve?' He rebuffed us in his own polite way until he reached out and said, 'I think I'd like to talk to you.'

"Even though it had been reported we had identified Steve, we hadn't sat down with him at all. We finally got to do that. We asked hard questions and he answered them well."

What kinds of hard questions, Bob?

"The obvious one was, 'You haven't coached before. Why you, and what are you going do if you get hired?' That was the ultimate question. And there was some healthy skepticism to that question. 'And how do you overcome the lack of coaching experience?' He didn't run from that."

Not that he could.

Let's pick up the narrative with Kerr. How close was he to signing with New York?

"I started down the road with the Knicks maybe a week after the regular season ended. That was my first conversation with Phil (Jackson). I spoke with the Warriors approximately two weeks later. The problem for me was I was working every other night for TNT. I was on the road 19 straight days. I was never able to visit the Knicks' facility. I was also trying to speak to my family from on the road. The process with New York was stunted by my work.

"I felt I was choosing between two unbelievable opportunities. The Knicks' brand speaks for itself. It's Phil Jackson. He's been one of my mentors. The thought of having him guiding me through my young coaching career was enticing. The Warriors, for me, it's a better fit. I was already familiar with Bob from my days as a GM. Joe (Lacob) is a friend of a friend.

"It also meant a lot to me that my family is in California. I have two kids in college and one in high school. My daughter is right here at Cal. The balance between my family and my career has always been of the utmost importance.

"To Phil Jackson's credit, he told me the day I sat down with the Warriors, 'You have to feel whatever you need to feel in your heart. If that's to come to New York, great. If that means you go there, you have to make the decision based on your gut and your heart.' I felt it immediately with the Warriors."


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