Steve Kerr won three NBA championships as Michael Jordan’s teammate in Chicago and two more as Kevin Durant’s coach at Golden State. His latest hot take on the two all-time greats may surprise you.
Talking to this week NBC Sports Bay Areas Raj Mathai, affected Warriors head coach Kerr Durant, whom he will coach again as an assistant to Team USA this summer.
“He just showed that he is the most talented basketball player on earth, if not ever,” Kerr said. “Honestly. He’s just so talented. I loved coaching him and I look forward to doing it again.”
Kerr even held on to his guns as the interviewer countered that Jordan was perhaps the most talented basketball player ever instead.
“I think he is more gifted [than Jordan]”I really do,” Kerr said of Durant. “It says something, but Kevin is a different … a completely different breed. He’s 6-11 with guard skills, unlimited three-point range, passers-by, shot blocking – his shot blocking at the edge, it’s just amazing. Seeing him this year was really, really gratifying to see. ”
In truth, the comparison is quite difficult to make because Jordan and Durant are different sizes and played two different positions. Jordan was a more gifted scorer in the standings, which was a major focus of his era, while Durant is a more gifted scorer from the three-point line, the greater the focal point of 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 feet in the form of Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns and Nikola Jokic, who can shoot the three and lay the ball on the floor, were unheard of in Jordan’s time. Similarly, high-flying players like Jordan, who lived over the edge and could score from every conceivable angle, were unheard of in Bob Cousy’s time.
Still, Durant may not be so happy with Kerr’s comments here. He was dismissive of a recent attempt to compare him to Jordan on social media.