Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors apparently needed only eight days to find a new head coach.
On Wednesday, the Warriors reached an agreement in principle to bring Steve Kerr to the Bay Area, to take over for the ousted Mark Jackson.
Multiple sources, including CBSSports.com, indicate his new deal is a five- year pact worth $25 million.
Kerr, lately a TNT anaylst, emerged as a front-runner for the New York Knicks job after his former coach and 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson became the team's president back in March. But after meeting with the Warriors' braintrust -- CEO Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers and assistant general manager Kirk Lacob -- in Oklahoma City earlier this week, Kerr agreed to take the Warriors job.
Mark Jackson, another former TNT analyst, was relieved of his duties after three years at the helm of the Warriors. Jackson's departure was unpopular in the locker room, notably with all-star guard Stephen Curry.
"I love Coach more than anybody, and I think for him to be in a situation where his job is under scrutiny and under question is totally unfair," Curry said less than a week before Jackson was fired.
Jackson's win total improved all three years in Golden State, culminating in a 51-win campaign this past season.
Regardless, the job now belongs to Kerr, who has no coaching experience at any level but is well respected around the league. After retiring from the NBA in 2003, Kerr spent four seasons as a broadcaster before accepting the Phoenix Suns' general manager position.
He stepped down from that role in June of 2010, and returned to his old position with TNT, where he has been ever since.
A second-round pick of Phoenix in 1988, Kerr averaged 6.0 points per game over 15 seasons with six different franchises. He won five NBA titles and the 1997 3-point shootout.