Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; TV announcers Steve Kerr (left) and Marv Albert (right) announce before the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament between the Arizona Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Former Suns GM Steve Kerr ready to take life lessons into coaching


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 — dead@beirut.com — 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).

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  • 4everis2long

    I forgot about the death of his father. I have always liked Steve as a classy guy with a good basketball mind. I love when he essentially imposed his will on Mike D’ Antoni in asking or demanding more defensive accountability. Drafting Dragic and Robin Lopez in non-lottery selections is evidence of his eye for talent. I think his attention to detail and excellent communication skills will allow him to get the maximum out of the talent in New York. I wish him nothing but the best.

    • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Kevin Zimmerman

      Woj reporting Warriors are firing Mark Jackson. Timing could make him think twice about NY … might get interesting quickly.

      • 4everis2long

        Wow, Kev I had not heard that. I still wonder who was responsible for wanting Iggy which resulted in H. Barnes being a reserve. I thought Barnes had an excellent rookie year and the Warriors would upgrade their power forward or center spot with better reserves. I have no idea if that was an issue but something caused last seasons love affair to rapidly dissipate this season. I read somewhere that Jerry west was starting to attend practices.

        In any regard, I agree if I am Kerr, listen to the Warriors who obviously have a better roster than the Knicks.