Steve Kerr has no regrets about passing on Knicks, taking Warriors’ job

Steve Kerr finally coached at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, about three months later than Phil Jackson envisioned or hoped.

Kerr was Jackson’s first choice to coach the Knicks, and he was close to taking the job. But when the Warriors’ position opened and they pursued him, he couldn’t pass on the opportunity.

Few could blame him or say he didn’t make the right decision. The Warriors moved to 31 games over .500 and the Knicks dropped to 31 games under with a 106-92 loss to Golden State.

Kerr said the hardest part of picking the Warriors was turning down Jackson.

“It was difficult because I’m very, very close with him and I feel like I’m indebted to him for much of what’s transpired in my career,” he said. “But from the other side of things, it was just personal, family side.

“It was a lot easier to stay close to home, literally two miles from my daughter, who goes to Berkeley, and I got a team that has a lot of talent and a lot of great guys, so it was a good choice.”

Kerr, who played for Jackson with the Bulls, said he and his old coach have exchanged emails during the season and did so again Saturday. They planned to speak at the game. But Kerr didn’t offer an opinion on the Knicks (10-41) or how Jackson is handling this situation.

“Obviously, this is a work in progress,” he said. “It’s going to take some time, and he knew that when he took the job. Beyond that, honestly, I haven’t really paid much attention to it.”

Kerr said he is “comfortable” with his decision and that “it was just a better situation.” Actually, it couldn’t have worked out any better for him.

Not only is he close to home, he’s coaching the best backcourt in the league in dynamic All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and arguably the NBA’s deepest team. The Warriors (40-9) have the best record in the Western Conference and the second-best record in the NBA behind the Hawks (42-9).

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