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Monday, May 14, 2007

Steve Kerr: "I Just Got by With What I Had"

Most of Steve Kerr’s opponents were quicker and stronger than he was, but Kerr carved out a 15-year NBA career based on intelligence, determination and the ability to consistently make outside shots.

Kerr played on five championship teams--three in Chicago, two in San Antonio--but before that he spent some time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he went up against Mark Price in practice every day. As I noted in my article about Brad Daugherty (Brad Daugherty: From the Court to the Race Track), Johnny Bach, one of Phil Jackson’s assistant coaches during the Chicago Bulls’ first threepeat, says that Cleveland’s pick and roll combination of Price and Daugherty was "the best in the business because of Price." Kerr adds, "Mark really revolutionized the way that people attack the screen-and-roll. To me, he was the first guy in the NBA who really split the screen-and-roll. A lot of teams started blitzing the pick-and-roll and jumping two guys at it to take the ball out of the hands of the point guard. He’d duck right between them and shoot that little runner in the lane. Nobody was doing that at that time. You watch an NBA game now and almost everybody does that. Mark was a pioneer in that regard. He gave people fits with that little split. I think that during his era he was one of the top few point guards in the NBA and if you look at the history of the league you have to include him among the upper echelon of all the point guards who have ever played."

Here is a link to my profile of Steve Kerr:

"I Just Got by With What I Had"

4/6/10 Note: Contrary to what it says in the HoopsHype article, the Suns chose Kerr with the 25th pick in the second round of the 1988 draft (the 50th selection overall)

posted by David Friedman @ 3:30 PM

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At Monday, May 14, 2007 5:16:00 PM, Blogger marcel said...

steve kerr was a avrage player who lucked up and played with jordan and duncan what you got a story on him for he an average player

 
At Monday, May 14, 2007 5:37:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

1) Anyone who plays in the NBA for 15 years is not "average."

2) I think that Kerr's experiences as a player and his observations about the league are interesting.

 
At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:19:00 AM, Blogger marcel said...

he only known because he played with jordan and duncan and a good 3 point shooter he's a pretty good commentator but a story on him comeon david love the site and all but steve kerr aint that insightful.

 
At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5:51:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

I think that Kerr is a rising star among NBA analysts. My favorites are still Hubie Brown and Doug Collins but Kerr is probably the best of the new generation.

 
At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:47:00 PM, Blogger madnice said...

Hubie is the best. Collins is terrible because he loves everyone and never says anything that I dont know. And how can you be a rising star as an analysts? Mark Jackson is a good analyst too.

 
At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5:02:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

If Collins never says anything that you don't know maybe that means that you are very well informed :)

I have found that which analysts people like is a very subjective thing, so there is not much point in debating it. I like Brown and Collins and I'm sure that others have their own favorites.

By rising star I mean that Kerr has not been at it very long, relatively speaking, but that he gets paired with Marv Albert on TNT and does a lot of the high profile games. Depending how you look at it, that crew or Harlan/Collins is TNT's number one crew--based on which games they are assigned to cover. I would think that the Albert/Kerr crew is considered number 1 or 1a, with Harlan/Collins being number 2 or 1b.

 

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