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The most important segment of ESPN's 10-hour "The Last Dance" documentary will be covered next Sunday in episodes 7 and 8.

The infamous fight between Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan during a Chicago Bulls scrimmage in 1995.

OK, it's probably not the most important segment, but it might be one of the juiciest.

ESPN posted a preview of the sides discussing how the fight happened.

"So one day at practice, Phil [Jackson] puts Steve Kerr guarding me," Jordan said.

"We're on opposite sides of the scrimmage, and he's talking all kinds of trash, and I'm pissed because we're getting our ass kicked," Kerr retorted.

"Phil sensed my aggression, but he was trying to tone me down, and he starts calling these ticky-tack fouls," Jordan said. "Now I'm getting mad, because for you to be protecting this guy, that's not going to help us when we play New York. That's not going to help us when we play these teams that are very physical.

"The next time he did it, I just haul off on Kerr. When I foul Steve Kerr, I said, 'Now, that's a f-----g foul.' "

Jordan had a reputation for being hard on teammates during practice. He was so hard on former No. 3 overall draft pick Dennis Hopson that the Bulls had to trade him to the Kings.

 

Kerr wasn't so easily intimidated, though.

"I have a lot of patience as a human being, but I tend to snap at some point because I'm extremely competitive, too," Kerr said. "I'm just not really good enough to back it up, usually. But I'm going to fight."

It was at this point that Kerr punched Jordan.

"He hauls off and hits me in the chest, and I just haul off and hit him right in the f-----g eye," Jordan said. "And Phil just throws me out of practice."

Wow.

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But as Kerr has said, he believes the fight with Jordan brought them closer together, as they won three consecutive NBA championships.

“I would say it definitely helped our relationship, and that probably sounds really weird," the now-Warriors coach told TNT's Ernie Johnson in April "I wouldn't recommend that to anybody at home. ... For me in that case, Michael was definitely testing me, and I responded. I feel like I kind of passed the test, and he trusted me more afterwards."

Either way, we can't wait to see the full segment on Kerr and Jordan's fight next weekend.