Possible Knicks Coach Kerr Gives Hardaway Lone Top Rookie VoteScott Soshnick
Tim Hardaway Jr. of the New York Knicks received one first-place vote in the National Basketball Association’s Rookie of the Year balloting.
It was cast by Steve Kerr, who is widely considered the frontrunner to become the team’s coach. The league for the first time this season discloses how media members voted for awards.
Hardaway received two second-place and 12 third-place votes for the award, which was won by Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams with 104 first-place votes.
Orlando’s Victor Oladipo got 16 first-place votes, while Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee received two, and Utah’s Trey Burke got one. No other players received first-place votes.
Kerr gave Oladipo his second place vote and Carter-Williams his third.
The Knicks need to find a replacement for Mike Woodson, who was fired last month after missing the playoffs.
Kerr, an analyst for TNT, which broadcasts NBA games, played for Knicks President Phil Jackson in Chicago. Jackson was asked about Kerr during an April 23 press conference, saying they’re similar in a lot of ways.
“Philosophically, we have a strong connection,” he said of Kerr, a former general manager of the Phoenix Suns. “Whether he is able to take a job like this, I don’t know.”
Hardaway averaged 10.2 points.
The New York Post, citing an unidentified league source, said Kerr might be named Knicks coach this week.