Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr recently denied giving Phil Jackson any sort of verbal agreement in regard to the Knicks' head coaching position, per the NY Daily News.
"We were very close, but we never agreed to a contract,” Kerr said, according to the report. "We didn't have a handshake agreement or anything like that. But I did think I was going to go there. And I think Phil and I both thought it was going to happen.”
Kerr was the leading candidate to fill the Knicks' vacancy, and at one point, a deal seemed imminent.
Kerr also said that there were no issues with the way Jackson expressed himself following the news of his signing with Golden State.
"That's what is great about dealing with Phil. There was no pressure on me to take the job. He reiterated to me, ‘You need to feel good about this. You need to make sure of it.' That's why he didn't make a fuss about it, when I wanted to speak with Golden State.”
Kerr becomes the 25th head coach in the organization's history, and the fourth in the last six seasons.