PHOENIX (AP) -Steve Kerr confirmed on Saturday that he has accepted the Phoenix Suns' general manager position.
Kerr made the comment on TNT during the telecast of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland. Kerr has been an analyst on the network's NBA telecasts for four years.
``I would like to say that I am going to take the general manager job in Phoenix,'' he said in a statement released by TNT.
He had kind words for fellow members of the TNT crew, Marv Albert and Doug Collins.
``I want to thank you guys and everybody in the truck and all the people in Atlanta for the wonderful experience,'' Kerr said. ``I'm looking forward to my new opportunity, but I am going to miss you guys.''
Kerr's comments confirmed reports on Thursday that he would take over Suns general manager duties from Mike D'Antoni, who will concentrate on coaching. Kerr, a close friend of Suns owner Robert Sarver, will hold the title of president and general manager.
In addition, David Griffin has announced he turned down a chance to become general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and will remain with the Suns as vice president for basketball operations.
Turner Sports president David Levy issued a statement thanking Kerr for his work.
``The professional qualities that made Steve a successful player and analyst will help him succeed in his new role with the Phoenix Suns.''
Kerr, who owns a small piece of the Suns, is to be officially introduced as general manager at a news conference in Phoenix in the coming week.
Kerr is a former University of Arizona star who was part of five championship teams - in Chicago and San Antonio - in 15 NBA seasons.
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