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Bull session : an up-close look at Michael Jordan and courtside stories about the Chicago Bulls
Kerr, Johnny.
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Chicago : Bonus Books, [1989]

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276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV884.K47 K47 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Johnny Kerr's love affair with the Chicago Bulls started back in the 1966-67 season when he coached them to a record 33 victories as a first-year expansion team. Now Kerr takes us on a nostalgic tour of the great and not-so-great Chicago Bulls that have come and gone. Full of unforgettable courtside stories.

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Booklist Review

Kerr, an all-American at Illinois, a very good NBA player in the Russell-Chamberlain era, and the NBA coach of the year in 1967, is now the color commentator on Chicago Bulls basketball broadcasts. To the great delight of readers, he brings the same insight, knowledge, enthusiasm, and humor to this book that he brings to the airwaves. This isn't so much an autobiography as it is an in-depth portrait of Michael Jordan and the rest of thc current Chicago Bulls, spiced liberally with hilarious tales from Kerr's own playing and coaching career. Kerr also deals cautiously but intelligently with the recent surprise firing of charismatic Bulls coach Doug Collins. A nearly perfect mix of humor and insight into the NBA. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Kerr, NBA all-star, coach, and broadcaster, and Pluto, author of Tark ( LJ 12/89) and 48 Minutes ( LJ 12/87), open with an overly glowing report of Bulls' star Jordan but go on to convincing comments on the team, Kerr's career, NBA centers and officials, and the 1988-1989 season as the Bulls got to the final playoff, only to limp to defeat by the champion Detroit Pistons. This warm look supplies a needed biography of Jordan, but otherwise is best suited for Chicago-area fans and extensive basketball collections.-- Morey Berger, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.