According to reports in the media, the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are doing everything in their power to try and nail down Steve Kerr as their new head coach as soon as possible.
We brought you the news yesterday that the Knicks and Kerr had opened talks on a deal, and it seems like the franchise now know for certain that the former Phoenix Suns GM is their man.
And now, according to ESPN, the Knicks are going into overdrive to wrap up a deal before other teams approach the 48-year old with their head coaching vacancies.
"The New York Knicks are trying to complete a deal with TNT's Steve Kerr that would install him as their new coach after the first round of the playoffs, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the intention of new Knicks president Phil Jackson is try to secure Kerr as his first coaching hire by early next month, which would theoretically soften the blow for the announcer's current employer to withstand losing its No. 1 analyst in the midst of the playoffs."
Kerr has strong links with the Golden State Warriors - being friends with several front office personnel and execs - and with the Warriors potentially looking at sacking Mark Jackson, they will be wanting to bring in a new man. And Kerr, who has only now released his interest in becoming a head coach, will be at the top of their list.
That's generally thought why the Knicks want to wrap it up before the end of the first round of the playoffs, as their will be no official opening by then.
Phil Jackson has his man in his sights, it's all a question of getting it done now.