Steve Kerr on skirmish with Michael Jordan: ‘Not something I’m proud of’
The most notorious moment of Steve Kerr’s time as teammates with Michael Jordan came when the two got into a scuffle during a practice. It’s hardly surprising that it isn’t one of Kerr’s fondest moments from his NBA career.
Kerr, winner of three NBA titles alongside Jordan, of course has been observing the fanfare surrounding “The Last Dance,” the smash ESPN documentary series that chronicles MJ’s final go-round with the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-98 season.
While “The Last Dance” has been a compelling watch for Kerr, he’s loathe to have to relive the skirmish with Jordan, something that undoubtedly will be covered in the series’ final four episodes.
The practice dustup left Kerr with a black eye, not to mention some regret.
“It’s not something I’m proud of,” Kerr said of the incident, via Nick Friedell of ESPN. “It is something that happens from time to time on most teams during the season. Guys get into it during practice. It’s just part of high-level competition. But it’s very, very strange to know everybody’s hearing this story and talking about it and then I’m going to be on camera talking about it. Michael is. And people are going to be examining this whole thing.
“It’s like there’s a reason camera crews generally aren’t given that type of access. Now, I don’t think there was any footage of that fight, because that didn’t happen in ’98, but just unearthing it all and talking about it is not a lot of fun.”
Kerr went on to reveal that the two fierce competitors quickly patched things up, as the Warriors head coach reveals that Jordan “called me later that day and apologized.”
It obviously takes two to tango, as it were, so Kerr cannot hold himself totally responsible for the fight. That being said, he clearly feels guilty for his role in the incident. With his part in the narrative set to become a significant part of “The Last Dance” storyline, Kerr is approaching the upcoming episodes with trepidation.
“It’s definitely weird,” Kerr said. “And I know it’s about to get weirder.”