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Arizona Wildcats legend Steve Kerr on coaching: “Something I have an itch for”

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Steve Kerr says he's been gearing toward being a head coach

Steve Kerr says he’s been gearing toward being a head coach

Former Arizona Wildcats legend Steve Kerr said this morning on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd Show” on ESPN Radio that “at some point in my life I will be (a head coach).”

Kerr is rumored to be a candidate for the New York Knicks’ head coaching job next season because his former Chicago coach, Phil Jackson, is the team’s president.

When Cowherd asked Kerr if coaching is in his future, Kerr responded: “I don’t know. I think at some point in my life I will be. I’ve been gearing for that. It’s something that I have an itch for, for sure. It’s all about opportunity and timing and everything else.”

Kerr, 48, was the point guard for Arizona’s first Final Four team in 1988. He was a coach on the floor for the Wildcats. He was part of five NBA championship teams. He served as the Phoenix Suns’ president of basketball operations and general manager from 2007-2010 before returning to TNT as an NBA broadcaster.

Since 2011, Kerr has served as a broadcaster for the NCAA Final Four and championship games with CBS and TBS.

“I love my job right now,” Kerr told Cowherd. “I have the greatest job on earth. We’ll see what happens. I have no idea right now.”


Former NBA players made headlines this year as college basketball coaches. Kevin Ollie, who played 13 years in the NBA, coached his alma mater Connecticut to the NCAA title Monday night. Fred Hoiberg, a 10-year NBA player, returned to his alma mater Iowa State in 2010 and coached the Cyclones to a Sweet 16 appearance this year.

Arizona’s Sean Miller can stay in Tucson as long as he desires given his success and popularity in his five years at Tucson, including two Elite Eights and a Sweet 16.

Kerr’s calling may be more as an NBA head coach given his background as a general manager and mostly broadcaster of that league.

Former Arizona player Luke Walton, son of legendary NBA player and broadcaster Bill Walton, is also contemplating either a career in coaching or broadcasting. What about the younger Walton joining Kerr’s staff with the Knicks next season? Just a thought.

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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