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'Last Dance' preview teases Michael Jordan-Steve Kerr practice altercation

'Last Dance' preview teases Michael Jordan-Steve Kerr practice altercation

In a sea of maniacal Michael Jordan practice stories, his altercation with Steve Kerr (in which Jordan punched Kerr in the face), looms as one of the memorable. 

Per a teaser trailer released by ESPN after the airing of Episodes 5 and 6, it looks like the inside story of that anecdote is coming next week:

The altercation began with coach Phil Jackson assigning Kerr defensive duties on Jordan during practice. And Jordan was doing his thing.

"We were on opposite sides of the scrimmage, and he’s talking all kinds of trash," Kerr said in the preview. "And I’m pissed because we’re getting our ass kicked."

But the further practice went, the more Jackson could sense Jordan's aggression building, according to Jordan. In response, Jackson started calling "ticky-tack" fouls on Jordan, hoping to temper his star. The effect was the opposite.

"Now, I’m getting mad because for you to be protecting this guy, that’s not gonna help us when we play New York," Jordan said. "Next time he did it (called a soft foul), I just haul off and say f**k it. When I foul Steve Kerr, I said, 'now that’s a f**ing foul.'"

Kerr was having none of it.

"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. Then, with a smile: "I’m just not really good enough to back it up, usually.

"But I’m gonna fight."

Fight he did. Kerr caught Jordan with an elbow to the chest, to which Jordan responded by socking him in the eye. Jackson immediately booted Jordan from practice.

Whether there's more to this story remains to be seen. From the flashes of practice footage on the screen as the scene was being set, we'll hold out hope that there are layers yet to uncover.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Jim Boylen updates and Bulls miss a chance with no second bubble

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Jim Boylen updates and Bulls miss a chance with no second bubble

Host Jason Goff is joined by Bulls insider K.C. Johnson, and Rob Schaefer as they provide updates on Jim Boylen's status with the Bulls now that the potential of a second NBA Bubble with the teams that didn't make the firstone is seemingly out. The crew discusses what not having a second bubble means for the Bulls and the new front office. Later on, they discuss the play of LeBron James and the Lakers and get into the injury of Ben Simmons and how that may shake up the Eastern Conference playoffs.

(1:10) - Reasons why the NBA and NBA Players aren't moving with a second bubble so far

(10:02) - Jim Boylen updates and what the Bulls new front office may be considering

(24:15) - Who has the brighter future, the Knicks or the Bulls?

(31:50) - What's wrong with the Lakers?

(38:30) - Sixers lose Ben Simmons indefinitely

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NBA, NBPA announce zero positive COVID-19 tests from inside Disney bubble

NBA, NBPA announce zero positive COVID-19 tests from inside Disney bubble

In the first round of testing announced since the NBA began playing official restart games on July 30, there's more good news.

Of the 343 players tested for COVID-19 since the last results were announced on July 29, there remains zero positive tests. This is the third round of testing results made public in a joint statement from the NBA and NBPA, whose strict safety protocols appear to be working. Teams have now been in the so-called "bubble" on the Disney World campus outside Florida for close to a month.

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The statement reiterated that if one positive test occurs, that player will be isolated until he meets all rules established by the two parties to resume play. The 22 teams on the Disney campus traveled with limited parties of 35 people. Players undergo daily testing.

The season is scheduled to conclude in October with the NBA Finals. Commissioner Adam Silver and Michele Roberts, executive director of the players association, long made it clear they badly wanted to crown a 2019-20 champion, even when Silver paused the league in mid-March after Rudy Gobert posted the first positive test. The league and NBPA have drawn rave reviews from around the sporting world for the execution of their plan to this point.

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