Before he was a TNT analyst, or President and General Manager and part-owner of the Phoenix Suns, or coaching the Golden State Warriors to a franchise-record 67-15 record, Steve Kerr was dropping buckets in Nikes. The California native was a sharp-shooting leader for the Arizona Wildcats where he set an NCAA record for 3-point percentage in a season at 57.3%. This foreshadowed what he would do in the NBA.
A draft pick of the Phoenix Suns, Kerr bounced around until he landed on the Chicago Bulls in 1993 right after MJ’s retirement. There he found his place, even without “his Airness” around. Kerr’s years with the Bulls were the most memorable. One of the biggest highlights of his career was finishing the 1995 season with a record-breaking 52.4% 3-point field goal percentage. This feat probably impressed MJ who had come back to the game. His knack for the three and skills were key to the Bulls’ next three rings when Michael Jordan was back full-time.
His time with the Bulls was impressive so Bulls fans were sad to see him traded to the San Antonio Spurs for the 1998-99 season. But Kerr didn’t miss a beat and helped the team win their first championship ring and his fourth straight title. He is rare air for four-in-a-row and winning back-to-back rings with different teams.