Intimidating Michael Jordan Caused Warriors Coach Steve Kerr to believe he’d Never Make the NBA.
Michael Jordan is one of the most accomplished players of all time. He was an upright leader on the court and he commanded a sense of fear in his teammates. Another trait that made Jordan who he was is his trash-talking ability.
The Chicago Bulls legend was a known trash talker who did not shy away from speaking his thoughts both on and off the court. In one such instance, he roasted former teammate and then Phoenix Suns star Steve Kerr.
Kerr was an important player for the Bulls during their three-peat run from 1996 to 1998. He faced Jordan’s trash talk before he joined the Bulls. When the Phoenix Suns faced the Chicago Bulls in an exhibition match, Jordan decided to have some fun with the then young Steve.
Although Steve was good at shooting, he did not show a lot of promise. Jordan used this to his advantage. Talking about the incident, Kerr said, “He [Michael Jordan] 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.”
Kerr did make it into the NBA, winning 5 NBA titles, and has a successful coaching career with the Golden State Warriors.
Intimidating Michael Jordan Caused Warriors Coach Steve Kerr to…
Safe to say, Michael Jordan and Steve Kerr share an interesting relationship. Although they did not show it in their game, their off-court relationship was shaky at times.
During a training camp for the 1995-96 season, Kerr and Jordan got into a war of words. MJ tried to get into Kerr’s head by trash-talking and Kerr decided to fight back after he got hit by a forearm to the chest.
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The two got into a fight with Jordan punching Kerr, leaving him with a black eye. This made headlines all around the world during that time with many criticizing Jordan for his extreme measures.
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