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Johnny "Red" Kerr has prostate cancer

On that disheartening note, longtime Bulls broadcaster John "Red" Kerr is ailing with prostate cancer. After working the microphone for the first seven or eight games this season, the 33-year veteran and expansion team's original coach (of the year, 1966-67, gaining entry to the playoffs) was forced to stay close to home. A ceremony honoring Kerr's service to the franchise has been moved up from April to the second week of February. A statue in his likeness, sculpted by the same artist who carved Michael Jordan's image, will be placed outside the United Center in the same vicinity as His Airness. Conspicuously absent from the Hall of Fame as a contributor, Kerr was a better-than-average center (13.8 points, 11. 2 rebounds) for 12 seasons with Syracuse, Philadelphia and Baltimore. His biggest achievement in my eyes, though, was recognizing the greatness of Julius Erving and George Gervin as GM of the ABA Virginia Squires long before anyone else.

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