Kerr explains why he wouldn't allow cameras in for Warriors edition of 'The Last Dance'

Warriors head coach figures prominently in new MJ doc

Whitley Sandretto
May 10, 2020 - 3:16 pm
Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman

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Steve Kerr is familiar with the word dynasty.

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As a player, he was with the Chicago Bulls from 1993-98, and won three titles with the team before going on to win two more with the San Antonio Spurs. Now Kerr is a successful head coach, coaching the Warriors through their half-decade of Finals appearances and winning three titles (so far); Kerr knows a little something about winning. 

The Warriors' head coach also knows the attention that comes with winning, which is being detailed in ESPN's docuseries on the Bulls 1997-98 team, "The Last Dance."

Kerr has been featured on the documentary that has captured the world's attention. In the preview for Sunday's episode, it shows Kerr and Michael Jordan's infamous practice fight will be discussed. 

A few weeks ago Kerr told Damon, Ratto and Kolsky on 95.7 The Game that he was looking forward to watching The Last Dance. It had been so long that he'd forgotten some things and he was excited to see the footage.

This brings up the question: why didn't Steve want this for the Warriors "last dance?"

Simple. He didn't view the 2018-19 season as their last. 

"You think about our situation with the Warriors, and we didn't have a final season," Kerr said. "We're trying to keep this thing going. A lot of our players are still here, and we're trying to rev it back up, so there was no sense of finality. If anything, we're trying to avoid that."

Kevin Durant's (then) upcoming free agency was the main topic of discussion during the 2018-19 season. Unlike the Bulls, Durant hadn't yet made his decision and the Warriors still had their original Big Three: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

With Chicago, owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Jerry Krause made it known they had decided to part ways with head coach, Phil Jackson, before the season began. Jordan also said he wouldn't play for any coach other than Jackson. Krause felt that the Bulls were too old and decided it was time to rebuild. 

"Having everybody in, inviting the world in and inviting cameras in and saying, 'Hey, we want to capture the final days of this run,' it's like you're violating a principle of the sanctity of the locker room," Kerr continued. "So it never occurred to me, nor does it now, to do anything of the sort for our team."

Read Sam Amick's full story and interview with Kerr here: The Athletic.

 

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