Steve Kerr Says He's Not Proud of Scuffle with Michael Jordan at Bulls Practice

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2020

CHICAGO - MAY 3:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls talks to Steve Kerr #25 of the Chicago Bulls during a game played on May 3, 1998 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1998 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Before it becomes a focal point of ESPN's The Last Dance, Steve Kerr discussed his notable fight with Michael Jordan during a 1995 practice. 

"It's not something I'm proud of," Kerr said of the incident, per Nick Friedell of ESPN. "It is something that happens from time to time on most teams during the season. Guys get into it during practice. It's just part of high-level competition."

Though he doesn't think there is any footage of the fight, he told ESPN's James Herbert in 2013 that he threw some punches but wound up with a black eye.

"It's like there's a reason camera crews generally aren't given that type of access," the Golden State Warriors coach added.

Kerr also recently discussed the incident with Ernie Johnson, noting the positives that came from it:


“I feel like I passed the test and he trusted me more afterwards.” @SteveKerr discusses how a practice altercation with MJ helped grow their relationship on #NBATogether https://t.co/yUwghEt513

"I would say it definitely helped our relationship, and that probably sounds really weird," he said. "I wouldn't recommend that to anybody at home."

Kerr spent five years with the Bulls from 1993-98, winning three titles alongside Jordan from 1996-98 following their infamous altercation.

The 54-year-old also won two more NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs before winning three titles with the Warriors as a coach.