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WGN Johnny "Red" Kerr Tribute - R.I.P. Red & Stormin
WGN Johnny "Red" Kerr Tribute - R.I.P. Red & Stormin' Norm
Published: 2009/03/02
Channel: ThreatVision
Michael Jordan vs Johnny Red Kerr
Michael Jordan vs Johnny Red Kerr's Pre-Game Rituel!
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: Hoops Madness
Micheal Jordan tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr
Micheal Jordan tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: BuddhaThirteen
Basketballography: Johnny Red Kerr
Basketballography: Johnny Red Kerr
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: ginoongkamote
Chicago Bulls Announcer John Red Kerr Tribute 1991
Chicago Bulls Announcer John Red Kerr Tribute 1991
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: Analog Indulgence
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan's 'THE SHOT' with Best Announcers! (Johnny Red Kerr's Reaction)
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: YouuToobe
1984 Old-Timers Game highlights
1984 Old-Timers Game highlights
Published: 2007/08/19
Channel: 1avardac
Kerr and Larrivee Laugh at Yinka Dare
Kerr and Larrivee Laugh at Yinka Dare
Published: 2011/10/02
Channel: LamarMatic
Johnny Kerr- Go-Pro Drum Solo
Johnny Kerr- Go-Pro Drum Solo
Published: 2014/10/11
Channel: Johnny kerr
The STRONGEST Player in NBA History
The STRONGEST Player in NBA History
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: MJ2KALLDAY
Chicago Bulls honor Johnny "Red" Kerr
Chicago Bulls honor Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Johnny Kerr Comes Prepared for Jordan
Johnny Kerr Comes Prepared for Jordan's Powder Clap
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: Ryan Van Dusen
A Tribute to Johnny Red Kerr
A Tribute to Johnny Red Kerr
Published: 2009/02/28
Channel: ChicagoSportsFan82
Remembering Red: Michael Jordan on Johnny "Red" Kerr
Remembering Red: Michael Jordan on Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/02/27
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Remembering Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier
Remembering Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier
Published: 2009/03/02
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Mookie Blaylock Blocks Michael Jordan or Not? Johnny Kerr vs Dick Versace! Who
Mookie Blaylock Blocks Michael Jordan or Not? Johnny Kerr vs Dick Versace! Who's Right?
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: YouuToobe
Clay animation by Johnny Kerr Malik Jahiem Billy
Clay animation by Johnny Kerr Malik Jahiem Billy
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: Johnny Boggs
Foo fighters(all my life drum cover) By Johnny Kerr
Foo fighters(all my life drum cover) By Johnny Kerr
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: Johnny kerr
The Hustler and Joey D. @ Johnny Red Kerr
The Hustler and Joey D. @ Johnny Red Kerr's Very Last Bull's Broadcast 2008
Published: 2011/05/26
Channel: joeyd276
John Kerr (actor)
John Kerr (actor)
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: Audiopedia
Destination Donegal - John Kerr
Destination Donegal - John Kerr
Published: 2007/07/06
Channel: coguish
Johnny "Red" Kerr sings Irish Eyes
Johnny "Red" Kerr sings Irish Eyes
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Johnny Kerr/ Nirvana-breed(DRUM COVER)
Johnny Kerr/ Nirvana-breed(DRUM COVER)
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: Johnny kerr
Bulls salute Johnny Kerr, Chicago icon
Bulls salute Johnny Kerr, Chicago icon
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Remembering Red: Scottie Pippen on Johnny "Red" Kerr
Remembering Red: Scottie Pippen on Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/02/27
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
"Red" Kerr & Phil Jackson Annoyed by Howling Sound in Minnesota
"Red" Kerr & Phil Jackson Annoyed by Howling Sound in Minnesota
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: LamarMatic
Johnny Kerr / Lakes of Ponchartrain
Johnny Kerr / Lakes of Ponchartrain
Published: 2010/01/20
Channel: Damien Quinn
Sir John Kerr In Fine Form At The 1977 Melbourne Cup
Sir John Kerr In Fine Form At The 1977 Melbourne Cup
Published: 2012/06/05
Channel: Gezza1967
Sinead Kerr & John Kerr - 2008 Worlds OD - Scottish Dance
Sinead Kerr & John Kerr - 2008 Worlds OD - Scottish Dance
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: 宋天
John Kerr - Moriarty.
John Kerr - Moriarty.
Published: 2012/07/06
Channel: Storiesandyarns
Sinead Kerr & John Kerr  2010 Europeans  Original Dance
Sinead Kerr & John Kerr 2010 Europeans Original Dance
Published: 2010/01/25
Channel: FigureSkatingONLINE
Bulls tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr
Bulls tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: BuddhaThirteen
Boers & Bernstein - Johnny Kerr Ceremony and Norm Van Lier Interview (2-11-09)
Boers & Bernstein - Johnny Kerr Ceremony and Norm Van Lier Interview (2-11-09)
Published: 2011/08/25
Channel: TheOriginalKidCairo
07/05/71 Johnny Kerr on Squires rookies
07/05/71 Johnny Kerr on Squires rookies
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: nutty.archives
Scotty Pippen tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr
Scotty Pippen tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: BuddhaThirteen
Johnny Red Kerr Rants About Bulls
Johnny Red Kerr Rants About Bulls
Published: 2008/03/06
Channel: keepitlegitdotcom
John Kerr - My Days in Old Donegal [Audio Stream]
John Kerr - My Days in Old Donegal [Audio Stream]
Published: 2014/12/16
Channel: Celtic Note
1991 Chicago Bulls Championship celebration with Red Kerr
1991 Chicago Bulls Championship celebration with Red Kerr
Published: 2011/03/20
Channel: sopa71479
John Kerr - Hills of Glenswilly [Audio Stream]
John Kerr - Hills of Glenswilly [Audio Stream]
Published: 2014/12/16
Channel: Celtic Note
2008 World Figure Skating Championships, Free Dance - 015 Sinead KERR & John KERR (GBR)
2008 World Figure Skating Championships, Free Dance - 015 Sinead KERR & John KERR (GBR)
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: Brau Avitia
A Little Pub In London ----- John Kerr + Lyrics Underneath
A Little Pub In London ----- John Kerr + Lyrics Underneath
Published: 2010/08/04
Channel: IrishMusicCountry
Norm Van Lier, Johnny "Red" Kerr Pregame 1996
Norm Van Lier, Johnny "Red" Kerr Pregame 1996
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
010 Johnny  Kerr Dungannon Boxing v John Dixon SK Boxing Promotions
010 Johnny Kerr Dungannon Boxing v John Dixon SK Boxing Promotions
Published: 2014/03/10
Channel: SK Boxing Promotions Ltd
I Believe Essay- Johnny Kerr
I Believe Essay- Johnny Kerr
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: JOHN KERR
Moira Kerr - Johnny Cope
Moira Kerr - Johnny Cope
Published: 2016/11/19
Channel: Folkie Doggie
Sinead and John Kerr - Kaleidoscope 2011
Sinead and John Kerr - Kaleidoscope 2011
Published: 2011/11/25
Channel: bigpoany
johnny kerr bad handstand
johnny kerr bad handstand
Published: 2007/07/25
Channel: zappa19761976
Destination Folk Johnny Kerr and Glen McGivern
Destination Folk Johnny Kerr and Glen McGivern
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: Vadio IE
The Disappearance of Johnny "Red" Kerr
The Disappearance of Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2008/03/03
Channel: keepitlegitdotcom
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Nancy Clough
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Nancy Clough's/Johnny Sunshine
Published: 2013/11/19
Channel: bathfolkfestival
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Johnny Kerr
John Kerr, c. 1966.jpg
Johnny "Red" Kerr, circa 1966
Personal information
Born (1932-07-17)July 17, 1932
Chicago, Illinois
Died February 26, 2009(2009-02-26) (aged 76)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Tilden (Chicago, Illinois)
College Illinois (1951–1954)
NBA draft 1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Syracuse Nationals
Playing career 1954–1966
Position Center / Power forward
Number 10, 43
Career history
As player:
19541965 Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers
1965–1966 Baltimore Bullets
As coach:
19661968 Chicago Bulls
19681970 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points 12,480 (13.8 ppg)
Rebounds 10,092 (11.2 rpg)
Assists 2,004 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

John Graham "Red" Kerr (July 17, 1932[1] – February 26, 2009) was an American basketball player, coach, and color commentator. He played in the NBA from 1954 to 1966, mainly as a member of the Syracuse Nationals. He later held several coaching and administrative positions before embarking on a thirty-three year career as a television color commentator for the Chicago Bulls.

Playing career[edit]

Although Johnny Kerr's first passion was soccer, an eight-inch growth spurt during his senior year at Tilden Technical High School compelled him to turn his attention to basketball. The 6' 9" center soon led his school's basketball team to the 1950 Chicago Public League Championship. After high school, he attended the University of Illinois, where he scored 1,299 points during his three years with the school's varsity team. The highlight of his collegiate career occurred in 1952, when he helped the Fighting Illini win the Big Ten Championship and advance to the NCAA Final Four. He was elected to the University of Illinois' "All-Century Team" in 2004.

In 1954, the Syracuse Nationals selected Johnny Kerr with the sixth overall pick of the NBA draft. During his first season (1954–1955), Kerr averaged 10.5 points and 6.6 rebounds and helped the Nationals capture their first NBA Championship. He became a three time All-Star (1956, 1959, 1963) with the Nationals, despite playing in the shadow of future Hall-of–Famer Dolph Schayes.

In 1963, the Nationals relocated to Philadelphia and became known as the 76ers. Two years later, Kerr was traded to the Baltimore Bullets for Wali Jones. After averaging 11.0 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bullets during the 1965–1966 season, Kerr was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1966 NBA Expansion Draft. However, Kerr voluntarily retired so that he could become the coach of his hometown's new basketball team. He ended his career on November 4, 1965 with a 108–107 loss to New York, with respectable totals of 12,480 points and 10,092 rebounds, along with the NBA record for most consecutive games played (844) until 1983 when he was surpassed by Randy Smith.

Coaching career[edit]

Kerr is credited with bringing Jerry Sloan to the Chicago Bulls.[2] The team went 33-48 in 1966–1967 and became the first expansion team to win a playoff berth in its inaugural season. For this accomplishment, Kerr was rewarded the NBA Coach of the Year Award. He is also the only coach to receive this award after his team finished with a losing record. The Bulls went 29-53 the following season, rallying from a 1-15 start to earn another playoff berth. However, feuds with team owner Dick Klein forced Kerr to leave the Bulls during the summer of 1968 and sign with the Phoenix Suns, another expansion team in need of its first coach. Unfortunately, the Suns finished with a 16-66 record in 1968–1969, and after starting the 1969–1970 season with a 15-23 record, Kerr was forced to resign.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Despite resigning as coach, Kerr stayed with the Suns franchise for the remainder of the 1969–1970 season, working as a broadcaster with Hot Rod Hundley. He spent the next two seasons as a business manager with the ABA's Virginia Squires,[3] then returned to the Chicago Bulls to work in their front office. In 1975, the Bulls' play-by-play announcer, Jim Durham, suggested that Kerr provide commentary during games,[4] and Kerr remained as a color commentator until the end of the 2007–08 season.[5]

As a broadcaster, Kerr oversaw the Bulls' six championships in the 1990s and Michael Jordan's entire career with the team. He was known for making the call on "The Shot", Jordan's series-winning basket in Game 5 of the first round of the 1989 Eastern Conference Playoffs. Over the years, Kerr and Jordan developed a pre-game ritual in which Jordan would head to the broadcasting area and playfully clap talcum powder in front of Kerr.[6] Jordan later said, "I don’t know how it started. I think he had a nice suit on and I wanted to mess him up a little."[7]

Kerr made occasional appearances as a halftime commentator during the first half of the 2008–09 season, but struggles with prostate cancer gradually limited his involvement.[8] The Bulls honored Kerr for his years of service at a February 10, 2009 halftime ceremony, where the team unveiled a sculpture of Kerr that would stand in the United Center. At the ceremony, Kerr also received the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Jerry Colangelo. February 10, 2009 was declared Johnny Red Kerr Appreciation Day in the city of Chicago by Mayor Richard M. Daley.[9]

Kerr died of prostate cancer on February 26, 2009 only hours after the death of fellow Bulls legend Norm Van Lier.[10][11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brian Hanley. "Johnny Kerr". Chicago Sun-Times. May 14, 1990. 105.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ NBA.com Broadcaster of the Week: Johnny Kerr, Chicago Bulls
  4. ^ Jim O'Donnell. "What Chicago is all about". Chicago Sun-Times. February 8, 2009. Retrieved on February 11, 2009
  5. ^ Ed Sherman. "Bulls shake up broadcast teams. Chicago Tribune. May 6, 2008. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  6. ^ Brett Ballantini. "A Love Supreme: Acknowledgement Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.". SLAM Online. January 30, 2009. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  7. ^ John Jackson. "Jordan, others thrilled to honor Kerr". Chicago Sun-Times. February 11, 2009. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  8. ^ Peter Vescey. "Young star making his mark on the Lakers". New York Post. January 23, 2009. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  9. ^ Melissa Isaacson. "Johnny 'Red' Kerr honored by Bulls". Chicago Tribune. February 11, 2009. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  10. ^ "Bulls mourn the loss of Johnny "Red" Kerr". Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Sad day for Bulls: Van Lier, Kerr die". STLtoday. February 27, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 

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