For a little more than three years, Steve Kerr was the general manager of the Suns, and the experience included a small slice of the life-long list of obstacles that makes him the seemingly perfect fit to take the New York Knicks’ coaching job.
That happening seems imminent at this point, and the New York Post recently wrote an expansive article on the former Suns general manager. The piece, which delved into his personal history, included details of his father’s murder abroad when Kerr was a freshman basketball player at Arizona.
Handling the pain of that event have built Kerr’s resolve, writes the Post.
… in 2008, the inexplicable behavior of man resurfaced, as the Suns’ struggles prompted two emails with death threats against Kerr. One address — firstname.lastname@example.org — listed the sender as his father, the other mentioned the PLO (which had nothing to do with his father’s death).
“How he got through that is amazing,” former Arizona graduate assistant Randy Brown said. “If guys didn’t know his background and they learned it, I think that’d mean a lot to them. … You get a sense that he can do anything, run a corporation, run the Suns, and certainly coach, with his mind for the game.
Kerr has been heavily linked to the head coaching vacancy with the Knicks, where he would be coaching for president Phil Jackson, who was Kerr’s coach when he played for the Chicago Bulls.
While Kerr doesn’t have any formal coaching experience, his long and successful career as a player as well as his exceptional knowledge of the game that helped him serve as general manager give him a solid resume. That Jackson will oversee him as president and that Kerr took on a front office role could really facilitate a great working relationship. After all, Kerr was well-respected for his communication skills in Phoenix, where he had good moves (drafting Goran Dragic) and bad (hiring Terry Porter).