Steve Kerr Says Lebron James, Michael Jordan Are 'Two Best Players' He's Ever Seen
on Jun 11, 2018 09:29 AM EDT
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr added his name to the debate on who's the greatest of all time between LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan.
Kerr had the honor of playing alongside Jordan during the Bulls' run to three straight titles from 1996 to 1998. Kerr had a close look at James as he faced him four straight times in the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018.
After their sweep of the Cavaliers en route to their third title in four years, Kerr was asked by the media on who's the GOAT between James and Jordan. Kerr began his reply by saying that the question was a tough one.
"All I know is they're the two best players that I've ever witnessed. They're very different, but however you want to rank them, they're right there together," Kerr tells the media.
According to Kerr, James could be considered one of the top 5 players of all time five years ago. Now, the Warriors coach said James is now 10 times better because he has added so many arsenals to his game that made him more dangerous.
Kerr Remains All Praises for James
Despite sweeping the Cavaliers, Kerr remains all praises for James, whom he described as terrifying. Kerr said James' passing and shooting ability makes him a nightmare for other teams.
Also, Kerr said James added a three-point shot to his game, which was not present when the Warriors and Cavaliers first met in the NBA Finals three years ago.
"We were fearful of his power and his penetration and his passing, but now you fear everything," said Kerr.
In this year's NBA Finals, James averaged 34 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 10 assists in four games. In Game 1, James exploded for 51 points, but the Cavaliers still lost in overtime.
Kerr Up For Contract Extension
According to a report by Nicholas McGee of Sporting News, the Warriors will make Kerr's contract extension a high priority. McGee, citing a report by The Athletic, says Warriors owner Joe Lacob is confident that they will sign Kerr to a deal extension.
Kerr has one year remaining in the contract that he signed in 2014. That year, Kerr turned down a coaching offer from the New York Knicks and signed a five-year deal worth $25 million to coach the Warriors. Since assuming the job, Kerr has led the Warriors to four straight NBA Finals appearances.