Eastern Notes: Oden, Knight, Kerr

March 17 at 5:02pm CDT By Eddie Scarito

In today’s mailbag, a reader asks Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel if it’s time to worry about Greg Oden. Winderman admits that it’s hard to see the former No. 1 overall pick being a real asset to the Heat during their playoff run. If he is going to to be a real part of their postseason plans, however, now is the time for Miami to figure out how to best utilize their low-risk offseason signing.

More out of the East..

  • One NBA advance scout told Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times (on Twitter) that it’s obvious the Pistons gave up on Brandon Knight too soon. WIth the Bucks, the Kentucky product has averaged a career-high 17.4 PPG and 4.9 APG in 32.3 minutes per contest. His current per of 17.0 is by far the best of his three NBA seasons.
  • Steve Kerr is close with Phil Jackson and has said he wants to coach in the NBA someday, but says all the talk linking him to the Knicks is just rumors, writes Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. Kerr said, “It’s crazy, I think people are just connecting the dots because of my relationship with Phil Jackson. That’s all it is, just speculation.” Kerr was asked what he would do if Jackson hypothetically offered him the Knicks job tomorrow. “I have no idea,” Kerr responded. There’s a lot that goes into that. I don’t know, we’ll see.”
  • Ben Golliver of SI.com writes that Kerr and Jackson have stayed close since their time in Chicago together. In the article Kerr said, “We’ve stayed close over the years. He’s in Los Angeles and I’m in San Diego. I see him occasionally … we email quite a bit. We stay in touch. I played for him for five years. We share that bond and the love for the game. We talk basketball when we get together.” Kerr left little doubt that he wants to try his hand at coaching, but declined to discuss the possibility of him joining the Knicks out of respect for current coach Mike Woodson, Golliver writes.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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