Kerr announces retirement, will work as TNT analyst

Updated: August 7, 2003, 9:16 PM ET

ATLANTA - Guard Steve Kerr, who won five championships during a 14-year NBA career, announced his retirement Thursday and was hired as an analyst by Turner Network Television.

The announcement came less than two months after Kerr captured his fifth title and second with the San Antonio Spurs.

"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, 37, leaves the NBA as the most accurate 3-point shooter in league history at 45.4 percent. He also holds the single-season record for long-range accuracy at 52.4 percent in 1994-95 and won the 1997 Long Distance Shootout during All-Star Weekend.

Kerr's other three championships came with the Chicago Bulls from 1995-98. A two-time member of the NBA's All-Interview second team, he already has made several appearances on TNT's "Inside the NBA." In his new role, he will work on-site at one of the network's two weekly cablecasts.

"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," Turner Sports president David Levy said.

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