Steve Kerr on two meetings with Phil Jackson: 'We will continue talking'

Steve Kerr is seen at court side at

Steve Kerr is seen at court side at Game 4 between the Nets and Raptors in their first-round playoff series at Barclays Center on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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Steve Kerr met with Knicks president Phil Jackson twice over the weekend to discuss the Knicks' vacant coaching job.

Kerr said Sunday that he had dinner with Jackson, his former coach, Friday night and met with him again Saturday for a couple of hours. And it sounds as though future meetings are in the works.

"We will continue talking," Kerr, currently a TNT analyst, told reporters before working Game 4 of the Nets-Raptors playoff series last night at Barclays Center. "There is a lot to cover on both sides. This was the first time we've talked about the job. It just opened up last week. We got a lot of things to discuss."

Kerr declined to get into details of their conversation or to give any opinions of the Knicks' roster. What he did make clear is that the job interests him.

"Oh, yeah, how could it not?" he said. "It's the Knicks and Phil Jackson, my coach. I would be crazy not to look into it."

Kerr won three of his five NBA championships as a player under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls. He spent three seasons as general manager of the Phoenix Suns but has never worked as a coach. Kerr said that he has been thinking about coaching ever since he left his job in Phoenix in 2010.

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"I have actually talked about coaching the last couple of years. Just nobody paid attention," he said with a laugh.

Jackson wants to bring his triangle offense to the Knicks. It is a system that Kerr understands.

"We share a lot of the same philosophies," Kerr said when asked about Jackson's triangle. "I learned a lot of my basketball from him and Tex Winter. It is safe to say that we have a lot of the same ideas . . . Obviously, there's a strong connection between us and our beliefs."

Kerr said he has been laying the groundwork to get into coaching for several years.

"I have been planning. I have been meeting with people," he said. "I have been going to training camps. I have been meeting with coaches. I have been preparing for this. If something feels like the right fit, it is something that I am going to do. But on the other hand, I love my job at Turner and got a great gig. So we will see where it all goes."

Though Kerr wouldn't get into the details of what he discussed with Jackson, it's clear that the fact that Jackson is the team's president is the big reason he is interested in the job.

Said Kerr: "Let's be honest. If Phil wasn't there, nobody from the Knicks would have contacted me."

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Garden and Cablevision.

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