Turner Sports hires five-time champion as analyst

Updated: August 7, 2003, 9:25 PM ET

ATLANTA -- Steve Kerr has decided to end his NBA playing career and join TNT as an analyst.

The cable network announced Thursday that Kerr will work on-site at one of TNT's two weekly Thursday night telecasts, along with All-Star weekend and the playoffs.

Kerr finished his 14-year career in June by winning a championship with the San Antonio Spurs -- his fifth title. He was considering playing another season.

"It was tough to pass up the opportunity to play another year for the Spurs, but I'm so thrilled about the opportunity to work with TNT," Kerr said. "It was the only way I'd pass up another year of playing in the NBA."

Kerr was named to the NBA's All-Interview team twice during his career and has made numerous appearances on TNT's studio show.

"We were very impressed with Steve during his appearances in our studio and he'll be an outstanding addition to what we feel is the best collection of talent in sports television," said David Levy, president of Turner Sports. "He brings us another personality, fresh from the game, with exceptional credibility along the lines of past and present TNT personalities like Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, Jeff Van Gundy, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley."

Kerr retires as the league's leading career shooter from 3-point range (45.4 percent, as well as the single-season leader in three-point accuracy, hitting 89 of 170 attempts (52.4 percent) during the 1994-95 season.

Kerr won two championships with the Spurs (1999 and 2003) and three with the Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997 and 1998).

Kerr was a standout at the University of Arizona. He was drafted by the Suns in the second round in 1988.

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