Steve Kerr has won three NBA championships as Michael Jordan’s teammate in Chicago and another two as Kevin Durant’s coach at Golden State. His latest warm-up on the big two of all time might surprise you.
Talking to me this week Raj Mathai of NBC Sports Bay Area, Warriors coach Kerr has coached Durant, who he will be coaching again as an assistant for Team USA this summer.
“He just proved that he’s the most talented basketball player on earth, if not the all-time,” Kerr said. “Honestly. He is so gifted. I love coaching, and I look forward to doing that too. ”
Kerr also attacked his guns when the interviewer contrasted that Jordan was perhaps the most talented basketball player of all time.
“I think he’s more talented.” [than Jordan]“I will,” Kerr said of Durant. “He says something, but Kevin is a different race … completely different. He’s 6-11 with guard ability, unlimited three-point range, passing, block strike – his block strike on the edge, it’s just amazing. Looking at it this year has been really, really gratifying to see. ”
In truth, the comparison is quite difficult to make because Jordan and Durant are of different sizes and have played two different positions. Jordan was a more talented scorer in the post, which was a bigger point of emphasis during his era, while Durant is a more talented scorer from the three-point line, the biggest point of emphasis in his era.
It is also inevitable that professional athletes will become more physically gifted as the decades go by and evolution runs its course. Seven footers in the mold from Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns and Nikola Jokic who could shoot all three and put the ball on the ground were unheard of during Jordan’s time. Similarly, flying players like Jordan who lived above the board and could score from every imaginable angle were unheard of in Bob Cousy’s time.
Still, Durant might not be too happy with Kerr’s comments here. It was despised a recent attempt to compare it with Jordan on social media.