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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Kerr.’

Steve Kerr hired to coach Golden State Warriors

Steve Kerr NBA (2007 photo by jmrosenfeld via wikipedia commons)

It had been rumored for weeks by the so-called NBA experts in the media, that when Phil Jackson took over as team president of the New York Knicks that he would hire Steve Kerr.

To some it seemed far-fetched that Jackson would actually hire Kerr, who has never been an NBA head coach, to lead the Knicks.

While Jackson was still deciding on who he would hire, Kerr was also negotiating with the Golden State Warriors.

As it turned out, the Warriors out-bid the Knicks and have hired Kerr away from his job as a TNT broadcaster to replace Mark Jackson as their head coach.

Kerr, according to his agent, will be paid $25 million dollars on a five-year deal.

The 48-year-old Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon while his dad, Malcolm was engaged in higher learning and research in the Middle East.

The former point guard played his college basketball at the University of Arizona for Lute Olson and his teammates included Sean Elliott, Tom Tolbert and Kenny Lofton.

As an NBA player, the 6’3, 175-pounder played for Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio twice and Portland. He scored 5,437 points and 1,658 assists. He won five NBA Championships.

Cavaliers hires former Suns executive David Griffin

Several media outlets are reporting today that the Cleveland Cavaliers have hired former Phoenix Suns executive David Griffin as their vice president of basketball operations.

David Griffin Cavs VP basketball operations (Suns photo)

Griffin, resigned as the Suns’ senior vice president of basketball operations when general manager Steve Kerr left in June. In Cleveland, he’ll be assisting general manager Chris Grant.

The Cavaliers front office has been in a transition mode since Danny Ferry left. He was replaced by his assistant Chris Grant. Also, vice president of basketball operations Lance Blanks resigned to become the Phoenix Suns general manager.

Griffin also had opportunities with Memphis and Denver.

compiled from staff, wire & television reports

Steve Kerr returns to TNT Network after leaving Suns

compiled from staff and wire reports

Steve Kerr didn’t stay unemployed for long. He on his way back to TV and will be staying there for awhile.

The former general manager of the Phoenix Suns has agreed to return to TNT  as a game analyst and will begin work starting with the 2010-2011 season.

Steve Kerr (University of Arizona photo)

Kerr had spent four seasons calling games for TNT before joining the Phoenix Suns in 2007. He announced earlier in June that he was leaving the Suns, shortly after they reached the Western Conference finals. He was asked by the owner of the Suns to take a pay cut and refused.

The five-time NBA champion said he wanted to spend more time with his family. He has two childern in high school and another in seventh grade.

Kerr said that he decided to go back to TNT to replace Doug Collins, who took the Philadelphia 76ers’ coaching job. He states that he will staying for a long time even if he is offered another general manager’s position.

Kerr will be a part of TNT’s Thursday night doubleheader coverage, plus the network’s All-Star weekend and playoff coverage. He’ll also be a contributor to NBA TV and nba.com.

Steve Kerr and Phoenix Suns will go separate ways after draft

compiled from staff and wire reports

Less than four weeks after the Phoenix Suns’ unexpected run to the Western conference finals, general manager Steve Kerr will be leaving the franchise after owner Robert Sarver asked him to take a 10 percent cut in pay.

The stunning departure by Kerr could put the franchise in turmoil which could cost them their best player Amare Stoudemire. Although, Stoudemire’s agent Happy Walters has been in contact with the Suns and is waiting for a contract proposal.

Steve Kerr (University of Arizona photo)

Kerr’s contract will be ending after the upcoming NBA draft. Both Kerr and head coach Alvin Gentry seemed to be headed towards pay raises after the team’s continued improvement all season and the surprising run to the conference finals. The Suns won 54 games and finally beat the San Antonio Spurs, their longtime arch-rivals, in the second round before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the Western Conference finals.

Kerr made several moves which improved the club dramatically. Obtaining Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley through trades and drafting Robin Lopez and Goran Dragic in the 2008 NBA Draft.