How a former NY Jets GM helped Steve Kerr land Warriors job

How a former NY Jets GM helped Steve Kerr land Warriors job
May 15, 2014, 11:15 am
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Former Bulls sharpshooter Steve Kerr spurned Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks Wednesday evening and opted to to sign a five-year, $25 million deal as the new Golden State Warriors head coach.

And what makes the deal even more interesting is Kerr got the job with the help of a former NFL general manager.

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Mike Tannenbaum, who was the New York Jets general manager from 2006-2012, is now the head of Priority Sports & Entertainment, Front Office & Broadcasters Division. He helped negotiate Kerr's five-year contract with the Warriors.

When Tannenbaum became Kerr's agent last month, questions regarding the legality of the representation surfaced. However, the NBA determined Tannenbaum didn't violate any of the NBPA rules because while Priority Sports & Entertainment represents NBA players, Tannenbaum only provides services to coaches, front office personal and broadcasters.

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Kerr had reportedly been in talks with the Knicks to become their head coach since Jackson took over as president of basketball operations in March. Kerr's relationship with Jackson, winning three titles under him with the Bulls, led many people to believe he would take the Knicks job.

"It just felt like the right move on many levels," Kerr told NBA.com. "I told Phil, 'I think I have to pursue this other opportunity.' He gave me his blessing. He said. 'Go look at it, and do what was in my heart.'"