WATCH: When Steve Kerr Felt He Had No Chance in the NBA After Watching Michael Jordan Play

Published 08/16/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan playing against New York Knick # 20 Rolando Blackman at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)


Five-time NBA Champion as a player and three-time NBA Champion as a coach, Steve Kerr is the only player to win four consecutive championships since 1969. He played an important role alongside Michael Jordan in Chicago Bulls’ championship win in 1997 and left the Bulls after winning the three-peat the next year.

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San Antonio Spurs signed him in a sign-and-trade deal and won two NBA titles with him on the roster. Steve Kerr became the head coach of Golden State in 2014 and has guided them to three NBA championships.

OAKLAND, USA – JUNE 12 : Head Coach Steve Kerr (R) of the Golden State Warriors greets the crowd as he passes by atop a double decker bus during the Golden State Warriors NBA Championship Victory Parade in Oakland, California, United States on June 12, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

NBA’s Michael Jordan era has been one of the most popular years for the association. Almost every player thinking of making it to professional basketball during those years used to look up to Jordan. And Steve Kerr’s experience did not differ from the others.

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Steve Kerr remembers his first game against Michael Jordan

Phoenix Suns selected Kerr in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft. In his first pre-season, he was fighting for a spot in the Suns’ roster for the regular season. During the off-season, Phoenix were about to play Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in an exhibition game.

“I’ll never forget one of my first exhibition games we played the Bulls,” Steve Kerr said.

“And Michael Jordan gets the ball right in front of our bench, and I’m already scared to death, like ‘I hope I don’t get into this game’,” he continued.

“He holds the ball out and looks right at me. And I’m on the bench just kind of like… He goes: ‘Watch this!’ And he turns, and he went right around Dan Majerle. BAM! Dunks it, looks back at our bench and just starts laughing. And I’m looking like ‘there’s no way in hell I can ever make the NBA.'”

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The Suns traded Kerr to the Cavaliers after one season. After spending three seasons with Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, he signed with the Bulls. But by that time, Michael Jordan had retired (for the first time).

However, Jordan came back in 1995, and with the help of Steve Kerr, he was able to deliver another three-peat at Chicago Bulls. Kerr then joined the Spurs and won two more championships there. He retired in 2003 after spending one season each with Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.

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