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Steve Kerr has dinner with Phil Jackson to discuss Knicks job. More talks coming.

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Knicks fans, get used to this — Phil Jackson is very deliberate in his actions.

Everyone around the league believes Steve Kerr will be the next coach of the New York Knicks, but Jackson is not going to rush into anything. There is no reason to, and in his mind rushed decisions can be poor ones.

Kerr and Jackson finally met over dinner and discussed the Knicks head coaching job, Frank Isola reports at the New York Daily News. That will be the first of multiple meetings before an offer is made.

“We talked about the coaching position and we’ll keep talking,” Kerr told the Daily News on Sunday on his way into Barclays Center, where he called Game 4 of the Nets-Raptors series for TNT. “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…

“We’ll further the conversation on both sides. But meanwhile I’m really busy with my own (broadcasting job),” Kerr continued. “If that weren’t the case, if I weren’t traveling around and working, this would be a little easier. But because of the schedule, my schedule, and the way everything is sort of unfolding, we gotta pick our spots.”

Pressed for details about his discussions with Jackson and about the Knicks, Kerr added, “Any details I’ve got it’s just private and that’s just the way we need to keep it. I respect Phil and his position and he respects me in mine and so we’ll just pick it up from here.”

Kerr will be the Knicks coach. Eventually.

Phil Jackson’s coaching tree is not exactly a mighty oak spreading its branches far and wide. Kerr may have no coaching experience but he understands the triangle offense, he understands building a culture. Which Jackson sees as his primary job — you can get talent to come to New York, but there needs to be a system in place to lift that talent up.

Jackson and Kerr are likely on the same page about that and about the triangle offense. They likely discussed players and changes that need to follow.

Much like turning around the Knicks, hiring a coach will not happen overnight. It will be a slow, steady process.

But we know how it is going to end.

Kings’ Rudy Gay suffers apparent torn left Achilles tendon, would be done for season

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This not only changes the Kings dreams of making the playoffs in the West, it also alters the trade deadline and free agency.

Rudy Gay, the Kings wing and second-leading scorer, has been diagnosed with a torn left Achilles tendon, according to the team. During the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Pacers, Gay drove out of the right corner and, untouched, fell to the floor hard. He had to be helped off the court by teammates.

Team doctors made the initial torn Achilles diagnosis, which will need to be confirmed by an MRI scheduled for Thursday. He would be out not only for this season but likely the start of the next one as well.

Without Gay, a lot more will fall on Matt Barnes and, once he returns from his calf injury in a couple of weeks, Omri Casspi. Those two are a drop off from what Gay brought to the Kings — this season the team gets outscored by 10 points per 100 possessions when he is off the court — and with that team’s playoff chances have taken a hit (they are 1.5 games out of the eight seed after Wednesday’s loss to the Pacers). Don’t be surprised if the Kings look to add a scorer at the trade deadline.

Gay was not happy in Sacramento and said he planned to opt out of the $14.3 million final year of his contract to be a free agent next summer, which made him someone potentially traded before the deadline (although the Kings being in the playoff hunt impacted that). Gay averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game for the Kings, and while his game was a little old school — more isolation and midrange shots than teams prefer — he put up points. Enough that he was drawing trade interest heading toward the deadline from Oklahoma City and other squads.

That is all off the table now. At age 30, if Gay does still opt out of his contract for next season this will impact what he would make on the free market.

Zaza Pachulia lays out Russell Westbrook, stands over him (video)

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Kevin Durant playing the Thunder invites extra emotions.

Russell Westbrook felt them – in the form of a flagrant foul by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who stood over Westbrook for emphasis.

Pachulia is really embracing his role doing the dirty work for star-studded Golden State.

Report: 76ers’ Ben Simmons sitting entire season still on table

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That rumor No. 1 pick Ben Simmons won’t play this season?

It just won’t die.

Even after Simmons tried to quash it, even after the 76ers’ CEO outright denied it, even after Simmons returned to practice, even in an otherwise optimistic report.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break, league sources told ESPN.

Barring a setback in his recovery, sources say the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft has a chance to take the hardwood near March. There still remains the possibility Simmons sits the entire season, sources said, but his situation will continue to be thoroughly evaluated throughout his comeback quest.

76ers coach Brett Brown said there’s “no chance” Simmons plays in Philadelphia’s nationally televised game against the Rockets next week. Other than that, there isn’t much clarity.

It mostly sounds as if Simmons is still too far from returning to say something definitive.

Roy Hibbert passes ball into hoop, reacts with perfect facial expression (video)

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The Hornets did so much right in their 107-85 win over the Trail Blazers, even a bad pass went through the hoop.

Roy Hibbert reacted fantastically to blunder/basket (blasket?).