On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Will Perdue discuss Zach Lavine’s offseason improvement, expectations for Wendell Carter, and how Lauri Markkanen’s added muscle could be a bad thing. Plus you don’t want to miss Will’s story on how the Bulls tradition of wearing black shoes in the playoffs really got started—and the headaches it caused for the team’s training staff.
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The story of Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan getting into a fight in training camp has become infamous in NBA history.
It was the undersized guard who was a 3-point specialist standing up to the greatest player ever who was notorious for his competitive nature. Kerr still brings it up every so often, and made a reference to it (to comedic effect) on Tuesday.
"By the way, I kicked MJ's ass," Kerr said.
At the beginning of the clip, the Warriors coach is talking about an on-court confrontation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, which carried over to the locker room after the game.
Kerr's altercation with Jordan took place in 1995, the summer before the Bulls went 72-10 and won the fourth of the team's six titles. The two got matched up in a scrimmage and Jordan, ever the trash talker, starting jawwing at Kerr. Kerr didn't back down, which led to the two needing to be separated.
Apparently Kerr can still laugh about the whole thing, too.
Zach LaVine knows a thing or two about comeback campaigns. And that is why it is so encouraging to see him offer kind words to Brooklyn Nets wing Caris LeVert.
LaVine tore his ACL in February of 2017 and aggressively worked to get back into playing shape amid his trade to the Chicago Bulls. He put up 16 points per game in an incredibly inefficient season but has bounced back in a serious way in 2018-19, playing like one of the best 2-guards in the league. LeVert was on a similar path.
Caris LeVert had multiple seasons cut short due to injury at the University of Michigan and only played in 57 games his rookie year. He started to build considerable momentum last season, averaging 12 points and 26 minutes per game. This year LeVert was in full breakout mode, scoring 18 points per game on a career-high 47 percent from the field.
LeVert will make it back from this injury, and his herky-jerky play style makes it all the more likely that he can get back to the high level he was playing at in 2018. He has encouragement coming from all corners of the basketball world, but the best thing is that LeVert himself seems to be in good spirits.