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Steve Kerr hilariously remembers game-winning shot in 1997 NBA Finals

Steve Kerr hilariously remembers game-winning shot in 1997 NBA Finals

Michael Jordan had a simple instruction for Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr in the waning moments of Game 6 in the 1997 NBA Finals.

"Hey, if [John] Stockton comes off, I'm going to pass you the ball," Jordan told Kerr.

A stunned Kerr had a hilarious reaction.

"I s--t my pants," the now-Warriors coach recently said on the Runnin' Plays podcast. "No, I'm sorry. Am I allowed to say that?"

Seconds later, Jordan got the ball, drew a double-team from Stockton and passed to Kerr, who hit a jump shot to put the Bulls ahead by two with four seconds to go. That helped seal a 90-86 win that gave the Bulls their fifth title in seven years while Kerr earned Jordan's trust along the way.

However, the play's execution was owed to a similar action earlier in the series against the Utah Jazz, when the Bulls were in Salt Lake City.

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"I want to say it was Game 3 or Game 4 in Utah. And the exact same situation," Kerr said. "John Stockton had come over to double-team him and stole the ball, and made a great pass to Karl Malone that basically sealed the game. So Michael, he was a savant.

"He remembered everything."

Prior to the moment, Kerr had played well, scoring seven points, including a 3-pointer, to help the Bulls tie the game in the final minute. At the time, Kerr was a sharpshooter, making 45 percent of his 3-pointers during the regular season, becoming a dependable scoring threat in the triangle offense.

But Kerr had struggled in the Finals, making just 30 percent of his shots entering Game 6. Nonetheless, he had the confidence to make good on Jordan's assist.

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"It was actually a very easy shot under normal circumstances," Kerr said. "But one of those things you dream of as a kid, and so when the ball went in, there were two thoughts. No. 1, it's like, 'Oh my god, this is incredible.' And No. 2, 'Oh man, they got four seconds left and they could still tie or win the game. So, it's not over yet.' 

"So, just an amazing moment to have as a player, to be able to feel that thrill."

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Andre Iguodala had a very ...

... Andre-Iguodala-like performance in the Miami Heat's 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

The former Warriors forward registered six points (2-for-6 FG), eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

With fewer than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he turned back the clock a little bit.

Steph Curry shared the highlight in an Instagram story, and included the perfect caption.

Curry -- the only unanimous MVP in NBA history -- and Iguodala -- the 2015 NBA Finals MVP -- are avid golfers, and even played a round together at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of the Masters) in February 2016.

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Iguodala became a golf fanatic shortly after he joined the Warriors in July 2013.

"I gotta give all the credit to (former Golden State assistant coach) Pete Myers," Iguodala said in March 2018. "Once I got here, I really wanted to learn how to play ... Pete Myers taught me how to hit a draw.

"And we would just go to the range and hit balls ... he kinda got me hooked and that was all she wrote."

[RELATED: Iguodala jokes he bet big on Steph to win golf tournament]

And one year later, he made one thing crystal clear.

Those were good times.

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Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

When the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins at the NBA trade deadline in February, it was not a decision that universally was applauded. 

There still are people who disagree with Golden State's decision to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft. But even those who are skeptical about Wiggins' future would admit that he played well in a Dubs uniform this season.

"I wasn't surprised at all about what we saw because I've coached against him," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "The biggest thing for us was all about what you need today to win games. The game has changed so much and it's so hard to guard ... you gotta have size and versatility on the wings.

"Multiple-positional defenders who can guard their position, but also guard two or three other positions. Andrew has the size and athleticism to do exactly that. He was an excellent defender for us, and played really well offensively.

"He may not be an MVP candidate, but he's a damn good player. He fits right in with what we're trying to do."

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games with Golden State, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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Additionally, his 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game both would be career highs over a full season.

With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates, Wiggins won't feel consistent heat to deliver big scoring outputs. Will there be times when the Warriors need him to step up and take over offensively? Yes.

[RELATED: Warriors owner Lacob cites Barnes when praising Wiggins]

But overall, he's going to have the luxury of being able to take on a more comfortable role that suits his game.

"He just wants to play basketball and have fun, and have no pressure on him," former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway said in June. "This is the team to be on to do that, and he's going to excel.

"He's going to be all right."

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