Is a 1990s Bulls reunion brewing in New York?
Already, we've heard rumors of ex-Bulls head coach Phil Jackson potentially becoming the next president of the Knicks. That alone is enough to shock the system of a Bulls fan of more than 20 years, despite Jackson's strong ties to that franchise. But could another member of those title-winning Bulls teams join him in New York if he takes the job?
Some speculation indicates that Steve Kerr could be a candidate for the Knicks' head-coaching position if Jackson were to take the reins of the franchise.
After ESPN's Bill Simmons made the Jackson-Kerr connection on TV on Sunday, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweeted out this:
If - that's if - Phil Jackson runs the Knicks don't rule out the team's next coach being...Steve Kerr.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 11, 2014
Kerr, you might remember, played under Jackson and alongside Michael Jordan on three championship Bulls teams in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Kerr even knocked down the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals to topple the Jazz and secure the Bulls' fifth title in seven seasons.
All in all, Kerr spent five of his 16 NBA seasons in Chicago, averaging 8.2 points per game as a Bull. He was a part of Bulls teams that lost to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 1994 and beat the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1996. In addition to his three rings won as a Bull, he was a member of two championship-winning teams with the Spurs.
While he did work as the general manager of the Suns, it's important to note that Kerr has no coaching experience.