The Chicago Bulls had legends play for them during the 1990s but a guy like Steve Kerr deserves recognition as an all-time role player.
The Chicago Bulls have been in the news a lot lately thanks to the documentary known as “The Last Dance” streaming every Sunday night for the last few weeks. Two episodes a week for five weeks have kept fans entertained throughout a very tough time to live. There are no live sports going on right now and that was all we had. Well, “The Last Dance” gave some of us younger folks some insight on certain former Bulls players that we otherwise might not have known.
Everyone knows the story of Michael Jordan and how he was helped along by good play from guys like Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Well, the story of Steve Kerr was one that really warmed the heart. There is a lot of negativity floating around right now about Michael and some of his teammates but nobody ever has anything bad to say about Steve Kerr.
Episode nine of “The Last Dance” gave some great insight on Kerr and his story. What some fans might not know is the way that his father was tragically killed. It was a sad story but one that made you feel sad but then good that he was able to live out his dream of playing in the NBA. He was the perfect role player on a team loaded with Hall of Famers like the Bulls were.
Kerr was with the Bulls for a total of five seasons. He ended up winning three titles with them and solidified himself as one of the team’s all-time great role players. They relied on him to make some big shots and the documentary made it seem like Michael had respect for him. He clearly was a guy that was easy to cheer for because he knew his role and let the superstars utilize him. He made it clear that he was always ready whenever Michael needed him to be.
Kerr would go on and play a few more years in the league. He won two more titles with the San Antonio Spurs as a player. Kerr retired in 2003 after one final season with the Spurs. Wherever he went, success seemed to follow as he was a five-time champion by the time it was all said and done.
Kerr would later be hired to be the head coach of the Golden State Warriors ahead of the 2014-15 season. Every year since his hiring, the Warriors played in the NBA Finals. They won the title in 2015, 2017, and 2018. They were defeated by the Eastern Conference Champion in 2016 and 2019. He has allowed players like Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant to be in the best position possible to succeed.
His career as a very good role player probably has a lot to do with his elevation to being one of the best coaches in the world. He knows what it takes to get max potential out of players and it shows in his work with the Warriors. His season in basketball has ended on top eight out of his 20 seasons as a player or coach. It has been a remarkable run for him and it is awesome he spent a lot of it in Chicago.