Steve Kerr on Lakers' woes, Knicks' early success

TNT NBA analyst Steve Kerr joined the show to talk about the big stories around the League.

Dan asked Kerr if the Lakers should start considering trading someone like Pau Gasol. Kerr said not yet.

“This was supposed to be the year,” Kerr said. “It’s still very early to panic and go down that path.”

Kerr said one of the problems this year is that they miss Lamar Odom in crunch time. They used to have Odom at four in the fourth quarter and Gasol at five. Now Gasol has to play with another big man on the floor and it’s not as effective.

Kerr commented on the Knicks’ early success. “They have incredible chemistry,” Kerr said. “Everybody understands their role. … I just feel like they have something really special there.”

Kerr said that he left Phoenix at basically the same time Stoudemire did and didn’t make the official decision to move him. But Kerr said in principle he agreed it was smart to let Stoudemire go. He said that the back end of Stoudemire scared him.

But Kerr isn’t sure adding Amar’e Stoudemire back into the mix will help. And if it doesn’t, Kerr said they couldn’t trade Stoudemire. He said that working Amar’e back in will be the “most difficult” challenge of the season for coach Mike Woodson.

Dan asked today’s poll question — which star from the 12/12/12 concert would he want to have a beer with. He said Eddie Vedder. Kerr told Dan that Vedder used to come hang out in the Bulls locker room with Dennis Rodman.