Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Steve Kerr, TNT Analyst Becomes Golden State Warriors Coach

Five-time NBA champion and former general manager Steve Kerr is set to make his NBA coaching debut after agreeing to terms with Golden State Warriors.

Steve Kerr has agreed to a 5 year, approximately $25 million deal with Golden State, source tells Yahoo. The 48-year-old TNT broadcast analyst was rumored to be the leading candidate for a plethora of coaching vacancies around the league, including the New York Knicks.

Although there are plenty of question marks surrounding Kerr as a result of his inexperience on the bench, he clearly understands what's required of a championship team, having won five rings with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

A former second-round draft pick by the Phoenix Suns in 1988, Kerr was one of the game's most lethal three-point shooters. He also experienced a fair amount of success as an executive with the Phoenix Suns from 2007 to 2010, contributing to one of the most successful periods in franchise history and overseeing a team that reached the Western Conference Finals during his final season.

Kerr has also been a welcome and insightful voice as a color commentator for NBA and March Madness games over the years, demonstrating tremendous knowledge of the game.

At this point, the question becomes whether Kerr's knowledge and immense NBA experience will translate to success as a head coach.

The fact that he's a former NBA player, played alongside the sport's greatest player in Michael Jordan and was a contributor to five championships under Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich in an eight-year span certainly bodes well. Kerr's decorated 15-year career commands respect, and instantly establishes credibility in the locker room.

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