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Ex-Bulls radio, coach Johnny "Red" Kerr dies

Johnny "Red" Kerr, former Chicago Bulls head coach for more than three decades as a broadcaster for the team, died on Thursday. He was 76th

Kerr has died at his home after a battle with prostate cancer, Bulls Tim Hallam said the spokesman.

"His name is synonymous with basketball, as here in Chicago and in the NBA," said President Jerry Reinsdorf Bulls. "Those who were lucky enough to have Johnny, which of their great compassion for the people the whole life and the passion for playing basketball. We miss you very much."

Kerr, death is a double blow for Bulls after the death Thursday of the state of Van Lier, one of the most popular in Bulls history. Van Lier, 61

"We are very saddened about the course of the events of today," said Hallam.

Bulls made a statue of the Kerr Center during an emotional ceremony this month, the memo from Barack Obama President and Commissioner David Stern and the speech by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Kerr said Pippen Chicago Bulls basketball do what is ", while Jordan as" a source of inspiration for me as a basketball player and as a person. "

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson was responsible for the deaths of Kerr in his team's victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday evening.

"We have a lot together in the 11 years I was with the Bulls, new coach," said Jackson. "With a certain sadness that we remember. We knew that it was, but he knew that he very quickly."

From Chicago, was the first head coach of the team and was the NBA Coach of the Year honor with the management of the Bulls in the ranks of qualifying for the 1966/67 season, Kerr was a collage of photos of Bulls GM John Paxson and the Basketball Hall of Fame John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from Jerry Colangelo, during the ceremony.

"I would like to thank everyone at the hearing that are not on the Red Bulls Kerr, but because of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and all other persons in the organization," says one to étranglée to Kerr.

Kerr has 12 years (1954-1966) in Syracuse in the NBA, Philadelphia 76ers and the Baltimore Bullets. From 1954 to 1965, the All-Star three times in the NBA then appeared in an NBA-record 844 games in a row.

He survived by five children and 10 grandchildren.

The plans to honor Kerr, Hallam said.

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