Young basketball fans know Steve Kerr as the Golden State Warriors’ head coach, but Kerr was an NBA player for some pretty legendary teams before he ever picked up a clipboard.
The 2017 NBA Finals winning coach was a player for many teams in his long career, but most notably of the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs, winning a total of five NBA titles as a player with the teams.
While playing for the Bulls, Kerr was teammates with one of the greatest players of all-time Michael Jordan. As legend has it, Jordan was the most clutch player who ever graced a court. If there was seconds remaining on the clock, and the team needed a basket, just put the rock in Jordan’s hand and he’ll win the game.
During the 1997 NBA Finals, however, Jordan passed the ball to a teammate, who drained the series winning shot for the championship. And the player he passed the ball to on that fateful day was none other than Steve Kerr.
During the Bulls championship parade, Kerr got up to the podium and had a story that may or may not be true about Jordan not feeling comfortable with taking the shot and asking Kerr to bail him out.
Kerr has been blessed with some pretty great players around him in both his playing and coaching days.