Scottie Pippen was a seven-time All-Star who averaged 16.1 points per game in his 17-year career. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Knicks general manager Steve Mills briefly met with Scottie Pippen at the NBA draft combine in Chicago on Thursday to discuss joining the organization, potentially as an assistant coach, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, citing a league source.
Pippen, who won six titles with the Bulls under new Knicks president Phil Jackson, met with Mills for about 15 minutes, Berman reports. The 48-year-old Pippen is well versed in Jackson's preferred triangle offense, and Jackson reportedly wants Pippen to come aboard in some capacity.
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Said Pippen to The Post regarding joining the Knicks: “I haven’t talked to Phil. I have to wait until that time comes. Right now nothing’s out there. I’m not going to say whether I’m interested or not until it happens.’’
Pippen won three championships with Steve Kerr, who opted to take the Golden State head coaching job rather than the Knicks head coaching gig. Pippen once called Kerr his favorite teammate.
“I was a little bit surprised,’’ Pippen said of Kerr not taking the Knicks job. “I thought the familiarity working with Phil, able to run the offense, having Phil there to mentor him as much as possible, made it a bit of a surprise. I think at the end of the day, Golden State is probably the better team. They have a lot more upside.
“I think he’s a great guy and will make a great coach,’’ Pippen added about Kerr. “He’s one of the few teammates I still stay in touch with. He has a great personality. He’ll be great in coaching.’’