Remember Steve Kerr? The little white sharpshooter and hero in the 1997 NBA Finals? Kerr had a small but important role with the Chicago Bulls during the dynasty years, and left the NBA holding some three-point shooting records. He's now an analyst for the NBA on TNT.
Last night following the Bulls' 12 point home win over the L.A. Lakers, he had a lot of interesting things to say when analyzing the Bulls season.
Kerr on the Bulls losing more than just Derrick Rose from last year’s roster: “Losing Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson from last year’s team really hurt the Bulls in terms of its ability to stretch the floor. It wasn’t just about losing [Derrick] Rose, it was losing that bench core of [Omer] Asik, Ronnie Brewer and Korver. Now you have to execute even better without those weapons that they’ve lost.”
Kerr on what causes the Bulls to struggle: “When Chicago struggles, it’s because teams defend them well and they don’t have anything at the end of the shot clock to bail them out.”
Kerr on Bulls point guard Derrick Rose returning from injury: “There should be no timetable [for his return] other than Derrick’s timetable. When he’s ready to play and he feels confident with what he’s trying to do out there, that’s when you bring him back.”
Kerr on Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich filling in for an injured Derrick Rose: “What Hinrich has brought to this team with [Derrick] Rose out is really dramatic - not only with his defense, but how he is organizing the team offensively. He’s been a huge pick-up for this club.”
Kerr on Bulls forward Jimmy Butler: “His effort has been amazing. As he develops a jump shot and, judging by his form, he will be able to do that, Butler has a chance to be an excellent player in this league.”
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