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Warriors coach Steve Kerr spent four years of his NBA playing career alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls.

But the current iteration of Jordan, seen on ESPN's "The Last Dance," is different than the player whom Kerr knew.

"I've never seen Michael so open," Kerr recently said on the Runnin' Plays podcast. "I think it's the best thing. ... He was always very guarded."

Jordan -- who famously was closed off during his playing days -- has been extremely candid in the 10-part docu-series, which continues Sunday with episodes 5 and 6. In the first episode, Jordan recalled the time he walked into his teammates' hotel room to find marijuana and cocaine. Two episodes later, he called former Detroit guard Isiah Thomas an "a--hole" in response to the Pistons walking off the floor just before the Bulls eliminated them from the 1991 playoffs.

"He never seemed vulnerable," Kerr said of Jordan. "I think that was part of his persona. He wasn't vulnerable to everything and everybody, you know, [he was] indomitable, knowing nobody could touch him. And he walked into that arena, and he was just dominant over every person in that building -- opponents, coaches, teammates, referees, fans."

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Kerr got to experience Jordan's dominance up close. While they were Bulls teammates, Jordan won two NBA MVPs, and led the team to three consecutive titles and a league-record 72 wins in the 1996-97 season. Along the way, he became a mythical figure in the league.

With that in mind, Kerr is surprised by Jordan's vulnerability.

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"Even as a teammate, you were never quite sure if he was human," Kerr said. "He was just that good. So, that's why it's fun now to see him feel more human, more vulnerable."