The front-row seat as a CBS analyst gave Steve Kerr an up close view on Brad Stevens’ rising stock as a coach. The lunch table gave Stevens an intimate environment to learn from Kerr.

Stevens became a rising commodity after leading Butler to two consecutive NCAA Finals appearances in 2010 and 2011. So during the 2013 NCAA tournament in Indianapolis, Stevens invited Kerr to lunch to ask him about possible NBA head-coaching opportunities.

“He’s a guy I always appreciated and picked his brain,” Stevens said. “He’s been a very good resource for me.”

Since then, Kerr and Stevens continue to be a good resource for each other as respective head coaches for the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics. Before the Warriors (11-3) play the Celtics (13-2) in a nationally televised game on Thursday, Kerr and Stevens will hold a Q&A session with fans as part of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

“I swear more than he does,” Kerr joked. “But we have similar styles in terms of the relationships with the players and empowering people and playing a lot of people.”

Therefore, Kerr’s feedback during their lunch became valuable.