Knicks want Kerr hired by early May

"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 said both he and Jackson have a lot of questions for each other pertaining to the job that still need to be discussed. Kerr served as general manager of the Suns from 2007 to 2010 but has never coached at any level.

"I know Phil [said] we shared the same space, which I think is well said," Kerr said when asked if he'd have to use the triangle offense if he coaches the Knicks. "We share a lot of the same philosophies. 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. As far as getting into the details of the triangle and that sort of thing, I am not going to expand on that. Obviously there is a strong connection between us and our beliefs."

If the parties can complete a deal, Kerr would join Jackson as the Knicks' lead recruiters in trying to persuade free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony to stay in New York. Anthony will become a free agent July 1 if, as expected, he opts out of his contract.

Kerr, though, resisted all questions Sunday about the Knicks' roster.

"Those are details that have to be private," Kerr said. "Those are things that Phil and I are going to discuss further, all kinds of things, organizationally, personnel-wise, but those discussions are all private."'s Ohm Youngmisuk and Ian Begley contributed to this report.

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