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Steve Kerr Reveals What He Learned Playing With Michael Jordan

(via CBS Sports)

(via CBS Sports)

The Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knows a couple of things about being a winner, and he’s proven that during his days with the Dubs. Kerr recently described how he learned one thing or two about winning playing with Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

He joined the Bulls during the first year of Michael Jordan's first retirement. Before that, he had made two trips to the playoffs. Nevertheless, Kerr claims going to the Windy City changed the course of his career.

"If I hadn't gone to the Bulls, I would've just been another player who made the NBA -- which I would have been thrilled with," Kerr told Roger Bennett during The Men In Blazers Steve Kerr Special that aired Sunday. "I didn't even think that was possible. But going to the Bulls put the spotlight on me and our entire team, and then it put us in position to play games of importance. When you play games of importance, you find yourself tested like you've never been tested before. That's where I really learned lessons."

He played in 78 playoffs games with the Bulls, winning three championships and setting a then-NBA record with 72 regular-season wins during the 1995-96 season. This all happened with Jordan leading the way, and Kerr recalls he might have learned his most valuable lesson of all from the greatest of all time.

"The thing that I took from Michael Jordan was that you go for it every time," Kerr told Bennett. "Every play. You never worry about failure, and I had worried about failure my whole life. I didn't want to be the guy at the end who missed the shot. And so up until my time with the Bulls, I was afraid of being that guy, and then I realized Michael took all these big shots -- he missed half of them.

"I would see him go for it and miss, and he'd go into the locker room and it was no big deal. He wasn't fazed. The next game, two nights later, he'd take the same shot, and that made an impact on me. I realized I had to get over my fear of failure, and just go for it and lay it out there."

Kerr could teach all these lessons to his Warriors, who went to five straight NBA Finals during his first five seasons taking the reins of the team, winning three championships. Now with their biggest stars sidelined, it looks like Kerr will have to find new strategies to keep his team focused.