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.