The Golden State Warriors are returning to the NBA Finals, thanks to the help from their head coach and former NBA Champion, Steve Kerr. As the Dubs try to win back-to-back championships, here are 5 things about their amazing manager.
If there’s one thing Steve Kerr, 50, knows how to do, it’s how to win NBA Championships. In 2015, coach led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA Finals victory in 40 years. Steve and the Dubs are looking to repeat, so before they face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the gold, get to know the man leading the Warriors into battle.
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1. Steve was a championship-level player.
Steve helped lead the Golden State Warriors to an incredible NBA Championship win in the 2014-15 season, but he had a handful of Championship rings before he joined the Dubs, per ESPN. Steve won three championships with the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls before joining the San Antonio Spurs to win in 1999 and 2003.
2. He broke his own record during the 2015-16 season.
One of the biggest stories for the NBA season was if the Warriors could break the 72-10 win record set by the 1995-96 Bulls. One member of that historic team was coach Steve Kerr himself. Steve’s expertise must have helped as the Warriors ended the 2016 regular season with a 73-9 record, the best in NBA history.
3. Steve’s basketball legacy started in tragedy.
While Steve was attending University of Arizona, he was given horrific news on the morning of January 18, 1984. His father, Malcolm Kerr, (who had been serving as president of American University of Beirut in Beirut) had been murdered by members of Islamic Jihad. After mourning his beloved father, Steve used this personal tragedy as motivation.
“We called him Ice,” Brock Brunkhorst, a U of A teammate, told USA Today. “Because that’s just how he was.” When facing their rivals, Arizona State, in 1988, fans chanted derogatory comments against Steve. He responded by hitting six 3-pointers in the first half, leading the team to a blowout victory.
4. His children are sports superstars, too.
Steve and his wife, Margot Kerr, have three children. Their middle child, Maddy Kerr, was one of the top volleyball players in the country in high school, according to Heavy.com, and she now plays for Berkley. Her brother, Nick Kerr, played basketball for the University of San Diego.
5. Steve Kerr is a sincerely nice guy.
“It doesn’t’ seem that Steve’s enough of a jerk to be a really successful coach,” Jerry Marvin, Steve’s high school coach, told ESPN. It seems you don’t have to be a jerk to win, as Steve’s coaching – which emphasizes high-octane, spread-out offense – also displays a “genuine adoration for one another,” according to Business Insider. Will the Warriors prove that nice guys can finish first again?
Do you think Steve and the Warriors are going to win the NBA Finals, HollywoodLifers?