Arizona at 100: Most accurate long-range shooter in Arizona, NBA history

2011-08-11T20:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:10:00Z Arizona at 100: Most accurate long-range shooter in Arizona, NBA historyBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 11, 2011 8:00 pm  • 

In celebration of Arizona’s centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams. Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list — with the first 90 in no particular order. Later this month, Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Steve Kerr

Achievement

You could say there was an element of luck in Steve Kerr’s basketball career.

The lightly recruited high school guard went to the 1988 Final Four with Sean Elliott and the Arizona Wildcats. Then, as a second-round NBA pick, Kerr won three NBA titles next to a guy named Michael Jordan and another two with Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.

Kerr has long joked about his good fortune. He laughed at a 2005 UA roast when former UA assistant coach Kevin O’Neill said Kerr was the "most unjumping guy that ever played 15 years and (won) five titles in the history of the world.”

And he often poked fun at his defensive deficiencies, displaying mock indignation after the Dallas Mavericks sent scorers right at him during the 2003 NBA Western Conference finals. “A lot of people don't know I was the Masterlock Defender of the Year in the sixth grade,” Kerr said. “Apparently the Mavericks weren't aware of that.”

But here’s why it wasn’t all about luck: The one game Kerr remembers above all the others was not the late three-pointer he hit to ensure the Bulls won the 1997 NBA title, nor any of his other 909 NBA games.

Read more about Kerr in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
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