Steve Kerr spoke to Phil Jackson twice this weekend about the Knicks
' coaching job. (G Fiume/Getty Images Sport)
Steve Kerr followed through with his plans to meet with Phil Jackson, sitting down with the Knicks president to discuss the team's head coaching job Friday and talking again via phone Saturday.
According to the New York Daily News, Kerr and Jackson met in Manhattan on Friday to discuss the team's vacancy, which was created earlier this week after Jackson terminated Mike Woodson.
“We talked about the coaching position and we’ll keep talking,” Kerr told the Daily News on Sunday. “I’ve made it pretty clear the past couple of years that I’d like to get into coaching, and now it’s sort of out there. It’s like anything else, you have to explore it and that’s what we’re doing.”
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Kerr, who is currently calling NBA playoff games for TNT, had previously said that he planned to speak to Jackson after the Knicks job opened up. Kerr was the president of the Suns from 2007-10, leading the team to a 155-91 (.630) record in three season, but has no prior head coaching experience. However, he does have a relationship with Jackson, having played under the former head coach with the Bulls from 1993-98.
During the TNT broadcast of Game 4 of the Nets-Raptors series Sunday, Marv Albert teased Kerr about his interest in the Knicks job, needling his colleague for details about his meeting with Jackson.
The Daily News also reports that Kerr acknowledges his relationship with Jackson might give him a leg up on the field for the position:
“It’s the only reason I’m talking to them, I wouldn’t have known anybody else in the Knicks’ organization,” Kerr said. “The fact that Phil took this job was the connection. Of course, he was my coach and I have a ton of respect for him. And I’m honored that he’s talking to me about the job.” Speaking later to a group of reporters, Kerr said no further meetings with Jackson are scheduled but “we’ll definitely have more conversations.” Asked to describe his discussions with the Hall of Fame coach, Kerr declined to get into specifics, but said “we covered a lot of ground and there’s a lot to discuss with a job like this on both ends.”
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