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Arizona hoops legend Steve Kerr interviewed freshman Aaron Gordon yesterday on his “Long Range with Steve Kerr Show” on Sirius/XM.
Kerr started the interview by saying he and former Wildcats are “incredibly proud of where the program is and what you guys have done.”
Gordon was born in 1995, 10 years after Kerr was a junior at Arizona. Although a generation apart, Kerr and Gordon share a bond of playing for a Wildcat program that earned a No. 1 ranking. That shows how Arizona’s program withstood the test of time and is now a traditional power.
From Lute Olson to Sean Miller, from 1983 to now, the Wildcats have endured.
“So much of the credit has to go to Sean Miller with how he has rebuilt the program,” Kerr added.
“The Arizona program had to start from somewhere, so my hat’s off to you guys,” Gordon told Kerr, whom he met when Arizona played at Cal three weeks ago.
Gordon spoke of Miller in glowing terms to Kerr, saying “Sean Miller is just a great basketball mind. How he sees the game is something I didn’t even dream about as a high school basketball player.”
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It was announced this morning that Steve Kerr will join Jim Nantz and Greg Anthony during the telecast of the Final Four next month on CBS.
Since 2011, Kerr has served as color commentator during the NCAA tournament on Turner Sports and CBS, teaming up with Nantz and Clark Kellogg for the First Four and Final Four games. He has worked with NBA broadcasting partner Marv Albert in other rounds.
Anthony, who played at UNLV during the height of the Running Rebels’ rivalry with Arizona in the early 1990s, replaces Kellogg, who will move to the studio.
Broadcasting with a Wildcat rival from a generation ago is nothing new for Kerr, who has worked with former UCLA standout Reggie Miller during NBA telecasts on TNT.
“I really believe this team is special. You really can’t coach chemistry. For us from Day One in the locker room and in the basketball house, all having fun and joking with each other, it’s something really special that you can’t really teach.”
— Aaron Gordon in interview with Steve Kerr
“For him to show me just a few more intricacies of the game and let me see how he sees the game, is really amazing. He is a very, very disciplined-oriented coach when he comes to his own process.”
Gordon added that Miller is a player’s coach but he places a high demand on his players to follow that process of perfecting their game rather than be consumed with the opponent during practice.
“He gives us the freedom to do what we need to do as basketball players,” Gordon said. “But at the same hand, he’s very much into going through the process and having the best process, better than the team we’re playing next.”
Kerr played with Arizona during the days of the Gumbies, the playful, supportive reserves who waved towels and jumped up and down after a highlight play. That same scene happened Saturday late in Arizona’s 88-61 victory at Colorado after walk-on guard Jacob Hazzard threw a quick flip pass to Matt Korcheck in transition and Korcheck finished with an emphatic slam.
Gordon and Arizona’s starters and Sixth Man Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took on the role as the Gumbies, doing the whooping, hollering and dancing on the bench.
“Man, it’s something special,” Gordon said in reference to Kerr’s question about how much fun he is having this year. “I really believe this team is special.
“You really can’t coach chemistry. For us from Day One in the locker room and in the basketball house, all having fun and joking with each other, it’s something really special that you can’t really teach.”