Bull Session

Johnny Kerr, Author, Terry Pluto, With Bonus Books $17.95 (276p) ISBN 978-0-929387-01-7
The authors occupy themselves in the first seven chapters with fawning over National Basketball Association phenomenon Michael Jordan. Kerr, color man for the Chicago Bulls broadcast team during Jordan's spectacular career, and Pluto, sportswriter for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon , possess the authority for the discourse, but such fulsome hero worship grows wearisome. Once finished with Jordan, the authors turn to Kerr's memoirs. A former NBA All-Star, Kerr was famous for his hook shot and consecutive-game streak (855) during his 12 years with the Syracuse Nationals and the Baltimore Bullets. He served also as the Bulls' first head coach in 1966-1967, leading the team to 33 wins and the playoffs--the Bulls set a record by becoming the only expansion team in any sport to reach the playoffs in its first year. After two seasons with the Bulls, Kerr traveled to Phoenix, where, as head coach of the Suns, he brought that franchise into the NBA fold. While the authors offer no new wisdom or insight into the game of basketball or into life in the NBA, their style is so pleasant and humorous that the book makes for a quick, enjoyable, undemanding read. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1985
Release date: 09/01/1985
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