Steve Kerr will be back in the Suns home arena this upcoming season. Not as a broadcaster, but as an opposing head coach in the Pacific division.
"I told Phil (Jackson), `I think I have to pursue this other opportunity,"' Kerr told NBA.com. "He gave me his blessing. He said. `Go look at it, and do what was in my heart."'
That “other opportunity” would be head coach of the Golden State Warriors, who confirmed the hiring of the Suns former general manager.
Kerr told the league website that going to Golden State "just felt like the right move on many levels." He said his daughter plays volleyball nearby at the University of California, Berkeley, his oldest son is in college in San Diego and his youngest son is a junior in high school.
In addition, it appears that the Warriors won a bidding war with the New York Knicks for Steve Kerr, hiring him away from the TNT broadcast crew. Kerr agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with Golden State, according to reports citing his agent.
Kerr called the offer to coach the Knicks a "tantalizing" opportunity. He said it was "agonizing" to say no to Jackson "because of what I think of him and what he's done for my career."
Kerr, 48, won three titles playing for Jackson in Chicago and another two under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.
He said last month that he has wanted to coach since stepping down after three seasons as general manager of the Phoenix Suns in June 2010.