Johnny Kerr met with success in basketball rather quickly as he won titles in his first year of playing at every level, high school, college, and professional.
During his high school day’s Kerr led the school’s basketball team to the 1950 Chicago Public League Championship and later went to the University of Illinois, scoring 1299 points in 3 years.
Kerr was selected by the Syracuse Nationals in 1954 where he averaged 10.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in his first season and helped the Nationals to their first NBA Championship. Kerr was also named All-Star trice.
Later, Kerr moved to the Baltimore Bullets for a brief period before moving again to the Chicago Bulls during the NBA Expansion Draft where he retired to pursue a coaching career.
Kerr earned 12,480 points and 10,092 rebounds throughout his career and recorded the most consecutive games played until 1983.
During his time as a coach, Kerr led the Chicago Bulls to their first playoff berth in the inaugural season as an expansion team, and was rewarded the NBA Coach of the Year. He later signed with the Phoenix Suns. However he failed to accomplish much and was forced to resign.
Kerr also acted as a broadcaster for the Suns franchise and spent 2 seasons as a business manager with the ABA’s Virginia Squires before returning to the Chicago Bulls as a front office employee. Kerr also served as a color commentator from 1975 until the 2007-08 season.
Kerr was named NBA All Star trice and won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Bulls.
He is also the recipient of the John Bunn Award of 2009.