With his passionate rhetoric against gun violence, Steve Kerr has drawn attention far beyond the basketball world. The coach suffered a tragic loss early in his life.
When Steve Kerr hit the table two weeks ago, expressing his frustration and grief over the recent shootings and America’s lax gun laws, it came from the bottom of his heart.
The Golden State Warriors basketball coach, who currently plays the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals for the fourth championship in Kerr’s tenure, has been a passionate advocate of tighter gun control for years—in part because his father passed away one day. Assassination attempt. Kerr was only 18 years old and was going to college.
The warrior coach positions himself very clearly
“When are we going to do something?” Kerr shouted at the pre-game press conference against the Dallas Mavericks, as he got up and left at the end of his emotional speech. “I’m tired, I’m done!” The cause was the school massacre in Ovaldi, Texas, in which an 18-year-old shot 19 children and two adults.
Before and after his second game in the Finals against the Celtics, Kerr gave his interviews wearing an orange T-shirt that read “END GUN VIOLENCE”. It’s time “people pay attention and get involved in what should be a national effort to reduce gun violence there. There are ways to reduce that.”
Professional athletes and teams from other American leagues have recently commented on the subject – but few can do it as well as 56-year-old Kerr, who can automatically refer to interest groups and bills. “What he said is very authentic,” Warriors coach Bob Myers said on the sidelines of the finals about Kerr’s speech, which has garnered a lot of attention around the world. “It was totally authentic and real. People saw that and saw someone who really cares about this country and the laws in it and wants to see change.”
CARE is loved by fans and athletes
When Kerr speaks, people listen – fans and high-paid NBA stars like Stephen Curry alike. The father of three is intelligent, has a high level of knowledge of human nature and, after 15 years as an NBA player and in his eighth year as a coach, has an enormous wealth of experience.
As a professional, he was part of the Chicago Bulls around Michael Jordan, who was the measure of all things in the ’90s and twice won three titles in a row. Kerr has been on the field in over 900 games as a professional. And according to the Los Angeles Times just 30 times since the start, he still won five championships as a major role player. In 1997 he hit the decisive ball for the bulls’ victory. In addition, there are three titles as a trainer for warriors.
For a long time he was the assistant coach of the US national team at the Olympic Games and there is an unusual role not the president, but the assistant to its sponsor Gregg Popovich. Kerr has often said that knowing how other top coaches in the NBA have reacted — including longtime San Antonio Spurs coach Eric Spoelstra of the Miami Heat — has helped him tremendously. In the upcoming games in Paris 2024, he will be the head coach of the national team.
Experiences and experiences make up CARE
Because his parents were teachers in Lebanon at the time, Kerr was born in Beirut and spent the early years of his life in that part of the world very different from California, where he eventually attended high school. The experiments expanded his early horizons and established his understanding of people of different backgrounds and beliefs.
Along with his sophistication and intellect, people who interact with Kerr appreciate his sense of humor. “My parents (…) taught me to understand people, to be understanding and respectful. They taught me that people can talk differently and dress differently or have customs that are strange to me. And that what was important was not only he once said years ago.”
Then he said, “It was very useful when, years later, Dennis Rodman became my teammate for the Chicago Bulls.” With his temper, tattoos, hairstyles, and unconventional style, Rodman is considered one of the most brilliant players in NBA history. Kerr seemed inconspicuous and well-behaved by his side, he had already gained a lot of respect back then.
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