Kerr: Jordan fight isn’t “something I’m proud of”

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Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan had a difficult start in their relationship when the two exchanged punches during training for the Chicago Bulls before the 1995-1996 campaign.

The infamous incident will be a focal point in an upcoming episode of “The Last Dance,” and more than two decades later, the bench boss for the Golden State Warriors is ashamed to let his emotions get the better of him.

“It’s not something I’m proud of,” Kerr told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “This is something that happens from time to time on most teams during the season. The guys participate in it during the tests. It’s just part of a high level competition. But it’s very, very strange to know that everyone hears this story and talks about it and then I’m going to be in front of the camera to talk about it. Michael is. And people will look at all of this.

“It’s like there’s a reason why film crews usually don’t have that kind of access. Now, I don’t think there were any footage of this fight, because it didn’t happen in 1998, but just digging it up and talking about it isn’t much fun. “

Kerr and Jordan caught up soon after and were part of a team that won the first of Chicago’s three consecutive NBA titles this season.

In Game 6 of the 1997 Final, Jordan told Kerr in the group that he was ready to take the last shot. On possession that followed, Jordan was in a double team and found Kerr for the championship basket.

“He called me later today and apologized,” said Kerr. “In a strange way, it was almost a necessary step in our relationship, in a strange way. And from that moment on, I think he understood me much better and vice versa. And we got along a lot better and we competed together and I think he trusted me more.

“So, in fact, it was sort of, in the end, everything was fine. But we’ve never talked about it since. To be honest, I never think about it, but I am asked because it is a (situation). “

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