Video: Steve Kerr relays a Michael Jordan story to Kevin Durant in-game
What makes Steve Kerr a great coach is that he has a whole bag of stories to share which can motivate his players. In Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors bench boss relayed a Michael Jordan story to Kevin Durant.
As observed below, Kerr recalled a time when Jordan was scoring a whole lot of points yet the Chicago Bulls as a team wasn’t able to get anything going.
Durant and the Warriors were faced with a similar predicament. Durant was easily getting buckets but the rest of the Warriors were out of rhythm. According to Kerr, Phil Jackson told Jordan to trust his teammates. And Kerr said the same exact thing to Durant.
Kerr didn’t achieve Jordan status in his career, or not even what Durant is amassing right now. Yet during his playing days, he was around the best players and coaches in NBA history.
Looking back, his days with the Bulls definitely shaped his coaching philosophies. He is what he is today because of those days spent with Phil Jackson, Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and the rest of the Bulls. And after Chicago, he also spent a significant amount of time with the San Antonio Spurs under another great coach in Gregg Popovich and NBA legend Tim Duncan.
While his Jordan story was not enough to power Durant and the Warriors to a victory, it’s safe to assume that he still has a whole lot of stories to tell. Perhaps he is reserving his best when the Warriors need it the most.