Never count Joe Lacob's Warriors out of any deal he gets his mind set on -- that's one lesson from their magic-trick 5-year, $25 million agreement to hire Steve Kerr as their coach Wednesday.

We don't know how Kerr will do as a coach; actually have no idea, because he has no coaching experience, but that isn't something Lacob and general manager Bob Myers tend to worry much over, since their last big splashy head-coach hire was, of course, Mark Jackson, who had no previous coaching experience.

We don't know for sure what the Warriors would have done if Kerr had turned down their entreaties and agreed to terms with the Knicks, though that's what almost everybody expected would happen.

TNT commentator and former Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs guard Steve Kerr
TNT commentator and former Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs guard Steve Kerr (Kathy Willens/AP file)

What we know: Lacob beat out Larry Ellison for the Warriors and he just beat out Phil Jackson and the Knicks Industrial Complex for Kerr, the most pursued coaching commodity in the NBA.

With that as a slam-bam leadoff, here are 10 conclusions and after-shocks from this Warriors Earthquake:

1. From the start of this, the Warriors were always damn sure they were going to attract a top-line candidate -- top-line, at least, in their minds -- and Kerr was always at the forefront of that list.

So the search essentially started and ended with Kerr -- the Warriors probably would have had more hesitation firing Mark Jackson if they didn't think a candidate as good as Kerr would be intrigued . . . and then they got a candidate exactly as good as Kerr.

That doesn't mean they dismissed Jackson knowing they were going to hire Kerr. It just means they always had him in mind, going back weeks or months, and they had some idea that he liked them, too.

I asked Lacob via text if Kerr was his top choice all along.

"Had no predisposition when began search," Lacob said. "Really liked 3 guys or so . . .

"But Steve, when we actually spoke to him (was) awesome. Incredibly prepared. Bob and Steve are going to be an unbelievable team. I am ecstatic."

2. I never bought the story line that, after watching Stan Van Gundy take more power in Detroit and maybe seeing Kerr edge toward New York, the Warriors were destined to end up sifting through the remainders bin in this search (even if there were very good coaches in that bin).

OK, yes, it was possible, always possible, that the Warriors would get turned down by all of their top choices.

I am presuming the "3 guys or so" includes Kerr, Van Gundy and either Lionel Hollins (due for an interview this week) or perhaps somebody from the under-the-radar potential group of Fred Hoiberg, Kevin Ollie and Tom Thibodeau.

And when Van Gundy's request for full personnel power was declined by the Warriors (who will never give that to a new coach) and granted by the Pistons (who didn't have a GM in place, anyway) . . . that led to some questions.

But I just couldn't see Lacob settling for a non-descript candidate. That's not Lacob's style. If it ever looked like this search was heading that way, Lacob would have -- and probably did -- move mountains in order to get the splashy candidate he always wanted.

Hey, and that was Kerr.

3. Lacob went for pizzazz the last time (and got Mark Jackson) and he was going to make sure he got pizzazz this time. He's going to win this press conference, because Kerr was the guy the Knicks wanted and the Warriors got him.

Lacob wanted pizzazz, he got it with Steve Kerr, who also happens to be a fascinating hire in many other ways and is universally hailed as a great guy, and now we'll see if Kerr can coach.

4. The Warriors front office might have some reputation issues around the league after the Jackson fiasco, but it clearly doesn't have as many known problems as the Knicks.

(Or the Lakers, or the Clippers as currently constructed, or the Cavaliers, or any number of other organizations.)

How can the Knicks get beat out for Kerr's services when A) they can pay more than anybody and B) they have Phil Jackson, who was teeing the coaching job up for Kerr for months?

Because, apparently, Knicks ownership was holding back on the biggest dollars and guaranteed years in its offers to Kerr -- which must have given Kerr an indication that maybe he couldn't be totally protected by Phil and which clearly gave the Warriors an opening.

Which Lacob barreled through.

By the way, I asked Lacob if he and Myers had to change Kerr's mind about the Knicks.

"I think you should ask him," Lacob said.

5. This is a gamble because, once again, the Warriors have hired a big name without any coaching experience, and that could come back to bite them.

But once again -- just like the Jackson hire -- it's the right kind of gamble.

It's a nervy, risk-taker's moon shot, and the Warriors don't have the roster or the patience to play it safe. They definitely don't have the owner for that, either.

If they were going to fire Mark Jackson, the Warriors needed somebody who said and acted and had a plan just like Steve Kerr.

6. Any team with Stephen Curry on its roster is not going to have too much trouble finding an interesting coach.

Back in February -- right before Curry's first All-Star appearance -- I chronicled all the details I could of the almost-trade that would have sent Curry to the Phoenix Suns on the night of the 2009 draft.

The Suns' GM at the time very, very, very much wanted Curry. The GM's name: Steve Kerr, who back in February spoke thoughtfully about the lost opportunity.

He actually spoke like a guy who would very much like to coach Curry, theoretically.

Kerr told me Wednesday night that Curry was a "huge" part of this decision, but added that the entire roster was a big plus -- and if I had to guess, I'd say that Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut for sure will fit into whatever systems Kerr is planning.

A key point for him: Players who can impact a game both offensively and defensively.

7. I didn't ask Kerr about his plans for a staff -- OOPS -- but I think it's clear that Kerr has planned for this and has a good sense of the assistants he's ready to bring on board.

I don't think Mark Jackson was ready for that three years ago (or even this season). I don't mean that as a shot at Jackson, it's just that he didn't have the ties to the coaching community that Kerr does, and to be fair, Jackson really didn't want those ties.

8. We haven't heard much or anything from Warriors players in reaction to the Kerr hiring, which isn't much of a surprise. We know the majority of them loved playing for Mark Jackson and they will take some time getting over his firing, if they ever do.

But Kerr told me he has already had a conversation with Curry, that Curry was enthusiastic, and obviously Curry is the player most tied to Jackson and the most important player on the roster.

I'm sure there will be bumps in the transition. And if the team doesn't play well early, there will absolutely be eyerolls and shrugs in the locker room, by at least a few Jackson stalwarts.

But players want to win and they want to get better, and the things Kerr is saying about ball movement, spacing and a basic offensive system should be very intriguing to Curry, Iguodala, Thompson, David Lee, Draymond Green and all the rest.

9. Key answers to burning questions:

  • Kerr is not going to be installing the pure Triangle Offense, though he said it will always influence what he does offensively. He said it would be crazy to stop running the pick-and-roll with Curry, and it would be.

    Expect much more of a Spurs-style offense, I'd say: Lots of ball movement, weak-side action, emphasis on passing to open players, moving the defense, then passing it again.

    And not so much on the isolation game.

  • Yes, Kerr will be moving up to the Bay Area full-time during the season.

    10. There's a reason Lacob spoke about an "organizational fit" and kept mentioning how prepared and detailed Kerr was in their three-hour meeting Tuesday:

    Kerr has researched the Warriors, researched the role of an NBA coach, and thought about this opportunity for years.

    Jackson was great at creating a locker room culture, at improvisations and hitting the right emotional buttons at the right moment -- he was incredible at that, actually.

    His guys played hard and that's always the truest testament to an NBA coach.

    We'll see how Kerr does in the moment, when the lead is shrinking and Lacob is grimacing across the court and the turnovers are piling up . . . but for now, Kerr's determined thoughtfulness had to be a revelation for Lacob and Myers, who at times wondered if Jackson took preparation seriously.

    And there's a reason Lacob stressed that Kerr and Myers would make a great team:

    They approach the NBA and the sports world from similar vantage points as men who have done multiple things and have multiple perspectives -- Myers as an agent and now an executive, and Kerr as a player and then an executive and now a rookie coach.

    There are going to be discussions that Kerr and Myers have that Myers could never really have with Jackson. Again, it's not a knock on Jackson, because the Warriors hired him and they did very well with him.

    But the organizational fit? It wasn't Jackson and it sure wasn't Stan Van Gundy. It's Kerr.

    Again, now we'll see if he can coach. Jackson could coach, at least he could coach enough to get to 51 wins. That's the target now -- the lowest bar out there for Kerr, realistically.