Steve Kerr compares Michael Jordan to Draymond Green on competitiveness

Steve Kerr compares Michael Jordan to Draymond Green on competitiveness

Countless stories about NBA legend Michael Jordan have been told over the years.

The world is going to learn many more over the next couple of months, as the debut of "The Last Dance" documentary is slated to be released Sunday, April 19.

During a radio appearance on 95.7 The Game on Thursday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr -- who played with Jordan on the Chicago Bulls' championship teams in 1996, 1997 and 1998 -- was asked about MJ's notoriously competitive rage.

"Draymond Green is the guy who comes to mind for me because the fiery competitiveness is what's different," Kerr explained. "I've played with a ton of guys who are really competitive. Tim Duncan for example -- his competitiveness is more like Steph Curry's. You may not see it if you're just watching the game on TV.

"You may not see the eruptions, the anger. Whereas with Michael, with Draymond -- as a teammate or as a coach -- you feel it, you hear it, you see it every day in practice. Michael did a better job than Draymond of kind of covering it up during games. He didn't want to show that he was losing his poise or his composure during games.

"But there was an equal chip on the shoulder during practice -- like an 'Every day matters' type feeling that both those guys shared."

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Draymond, without a doubt, crosses the line at times and picks up avoidable technicals.

But as Kerr has said over and over and over again -- the Warriors need the fire from the three-time NBA champion.

One funny variable in all of this is how Kerr repeatedly has mentioned how similar he is to Draymond.

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"We are equally as competitive and we are equally as likely to blow up," the eight-time NBA champion said on NBC Sports Bay Area's "Runnin' Plays" podcast in December. "Either one of us will snap -- he'll get a "T" (technical foul), I'll break a clipboard. 

"It's just the way we're built. That's how much it means to us."

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Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 


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Steve Kerr explains moment he realized Warriors' dynasty was underway

Steve Kerr explains moment he realized Warriors' dynasty was underway

Steve Kerr has seen plenty of success during his tenure as the Warriors head coach. In just six seasons, Kerr has won over 70 percent of his regular-season games and helped bring three championships to the Bay Area.

The coach told 95.7 The Game on Friday that he first realized he might be captaining a dynasty during the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

“For me, the moment was when we beat Houston in the West Finals in 2015,” Kerr said. “We had maybe a 12-point lead with about 45 seconds left, and I was standing up near halfcourt, kind of leaning against the scorer’s table. 

“There was a dead ball, and that was the moment when we realized we were going to win, the crowd realized it, our team realized it. And I just soaked it all in, I remember just looking (at) the entire panoramic view around Oracle and just soaking it all. It was such an incredible moment to be heading back to the Finals for the first time in 40 years.”

Warriors fans had sat through so many rough seasons and come up short in the postseason for several years in a row prior to Kerr’s arrival, but that night marked the de facto beginning of the organization’s perch atop the NBA, where they’d stay for the next five seasons.

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A disastrous 2019-20 season riddled with injuries brought many back to reality, but it likely won’t continue even if the NBA restarts the season after the coronavirus pause. 

Golden State then can look forward to restarting the dynasty in 2020-21 with a healthy Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back on the court.

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