Steve Kerr has accepted a five-year, $25 million offer to become the next head coach of the Golden State Warriors, according to TNT's David Aldridge. Kerr was considered to be the front runner for the Knicks' head coaching vacancy after new president of basketball operations Phil Jackson made it clear his former guard was the franchise's top choice for the job. Golden State's move to hire Kerr comes one day after another candidate for the job, Stan Van Gundy, accepted an offer from the Detroit Pistons.
Kerr has no head coaching experience, but has been around the NBA since his 15-year-old playing career ended. He is currently serving as a color commentator for TNT, as he has done on-and-off since he retired as a player. Kerr does have front office experience, serving as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007-2010. He was the behind trading Shawn Marion to the Miami Heat in exchange for Shaquille O'Neal in 2008.
The Warriors parted ways with former coach Mark Jackson following a first round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs. Jackson compiled a 121-109 record over three seasons, but a rocky relationship with ownership contributed to his firing.