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Michael Jordan's Ex-Teammate Thinks Kevin Durant Is 'More Gifted' Than Him

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Michael Jordan's Ex-Teammate Thinks Kevin Durant Is 'More Gifted' Than Him

When you think of the best basketball players to ever grace the earth, you often envisage the likes of LeBron James, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and - of course - Michael Jordan.

But, for whatever reason, one man is often left out of that conversation.

Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant. Credit: PA
Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant. Credit: PA

Despite boasting two NBA championship rings and making 11 All-Star appearances, Kevin Durant is still overseen in the eyes of many when debating the 'Greatest Of All-Time'.

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Interestingly, one of Michael Jordan's own former teammates reckons KD is arguably "more gifted" than MJ.

Granted, Jordan might have a few more championships to his name and definitely more legendary moments on his resume, but Steve Kerr thinks Durant could perhaps be the most talented plater he's ever seen.

"He just showed he's the most talented basketball player on earth... if not of all time," Kerr told NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai.

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"Honestly. He's just so gifted. I loved coaching him and I'm looking forward to doing so again. I think he's more gifted [than Michael Jordan], I really do. That's saying something, but Kevin is a different... entirely different breed.

"He's 6'11" with guard skills, unlimited 3-point range, passing, shot-blocking - his shot-blocking at the rim, it's just stunning. Watching him this year was really, really gratifying to see."

If there was ever someone capable enough of judging two NBA greats of this calibre, then Steve Kerr would be that person.

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During his playing days with the Chicago Bulls, point guard Kerr won four NBA championships alongside Jordan and another later in his career.

And as a coach for the Golden State Warriors, he has won three NBA titles with Durant playing an instrumental role in two of those campaigns.

It was during Durant's successful time in California that Kerr got to witness his true greatness.

"You think about what he did for this organisation, not only helping us win titles, but to come back and try to play through injuries and then suffer the devastating achilles injury," Kerr added.

"We all just wanted to see Kevin healthy and to see him in the playoffs playing at the level he reached, it was really, really gratifying for all of us."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Basketball, NBA, Michael Jordan, Australia

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