Reports this weekend were all like "Steve Kerr's covering the Nets games in Brooklyn, maybe he'll meet with Phil Jackson while he's there!!!!!" Indeed he did. Kerr spoke to media before Sunday's TV duties and revealed he'd dined with Jackson Friday and continued speaking since:
Steve Kerr said he met with @PhilJackson11 Friday for two hours over dinner and spoke again Saturday about Knicks coaching.— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) April 27, 2014
Steve Kerr says he met with Phil Jackson and had dinner to discuss Knicks job. Reiterates he is interested and there will be further talks— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) April 27, 2014
The restaurant Steve Kerr and Phil Jackson met at was The Knickerbocker. Of course.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) April 27, 2014
Some direct Kerr quotes on his interest in coaching and the Knicks job:
Kerr:"I haven't had coaching experience. So I’ve tried to do everything else possible to prepare...We’ll definitely have more conversations"— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) April 27, 2014
Kerr said Phil's "the only reason I’m talking to them, I wouldnt have known anybody else (w/Knicks).Phil taking the job was the connection."— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) April 27, 2014
Seems to me like a diplomatic way of saying "You think I'd be interested in working for these schmucks without Phil in town!?" but moving on...
Steve Kerr says it's "safe to say" he and Phil Jackson share "a lot" of the same offensive beliefs. Declined to comment on Knicks roster.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) April 27, 2014
Kerr on why he wants to coach: "I love the game. I love players.....I love being on the floor." #nextknickscoach— Barbara Barker (@meanbarb) April 27, 2014
Steve Kerr, at Barclays, says he met with Phil Jackson on Friday and expressed interest in coaching. "I've been preparing for this." #Knicks— Zach Schonbrun (@zschonbrun) April 27, 2014
Regarding "preparing for this," note that Kerr recently met with Bill Parcells, I guess to discuss what coaching in New York is like. Kerr's agent is former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, remember.
So, I guess there's the first "interview" in the "coaching search" (scare quote removal TBD). Here's the full story from the Daily News.