Steve Kerr. Source: Bleacher report

Steve Kerr is an American professional basketball coach and former player who currently serves as the head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors (NBA).

Early life

Source: NBA

Malcolm H. Kerr, an American academic who specialised in the Middle East, and his wife, Ann, raised Kerr in Beirut, Lebanon (Zwicker). He has three brothers and sisters. Stanley Kerr, his grandpa, volunteered with Near East Relief after the Armenian genocide, rescuing women and orphans in Aleppo and Marash before settling in Beirut.

Kerr spent a significant portion of his upbringing in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern nations. He met several US Marines who were eventually killed in the Beirut barracks attacks while in Beirut in the summer of 1983.

Malcolm Kerr, 52, was assassinated by members of the Shia Lebanese group Islamic Jihad on the morning of January 18, 1984, while serving as president of the American University of Beirut. In the hallway outside his office, he was shot twice in the back of the head by gunmen wielding silenced handguns.

Kerr was 18 years old and a college freshman at the time, and he has stated about his father’s death: “My life was impenetrable until my father was murdered. Other people had bad things happen to them.” The Kerr family filed a lawsuit against the Iranian government in 1996 under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.

Kerr had to deal with numerous ASU Sun Devil fans in the audience yelling “PLO” and “your father’s history.” while warming up with the Arizona Wildcats for a game against archrival Arizona State in 1988. Kerr led the Wildcats to victory despite his tears, scoring 20 points in the first half and making all six of his three-point attempts. A few days later, Arizona State’s athletic director, Charles Harris, apologised to Kerr in writing.

Kerr earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Arizona in 1988, with a focus on history, sociology, and English.

Career

Career beginnings

Source: Arizona Daily Star

Kerr was drafted in the second round of the 1988 NBA draught by the Phoenix Suns. In 1989, he was dealt with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played there for three seasons (1989–1992) and then for a portion of the 1992–93 season with the Orlando Magic.

Chicago Bulls

He joined with the Chicago Bulls in 1993. The Bulls made the playoffs in 1993–94 and 1994–95, but without Michael Jordan for most of 1994 and much of 1995, they were unable to progress to the Finals. However, with Jordan returned full-time for the 1995–96 season, the Bulls set a then-NBA record of 72–10 and won the 1996 NBA Finals against the Seattle SuperSonics.

Source: ABC News

Kerr was instrumental in the Bulls’ championship victory over the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals. In the final seconds of Game 6, with the score tied at 86, he accepted Jordan’s pass and scored the game-winning shot. The Bulls triumphed, claiming the franchise’s fifth championship. At the 1997 All-Star Game, Kerr also won the 3-Point Shootout.

In the final seconds of Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals against Utah, Kerr missed a three-pointer, collected his own rebound, and passed to Jordan, who made a vital three-point play, putting them in front for good. The move enabled Chicago to win the game and tie the series at one game apiece. The series was won by the Bulls in six games.

San Antonio Spurs

Source: Bleacher Report

Kerr was acquired by the San Antonio Spurs in a sign-and-trade deal with the Chicago Bulls in January 1999, in exchange for Chuck Person and a first-round pick in the 2000 NBA draught. The Spurs advanced to the NBA Finals in 1999 and won their first title with a 4–1 series victory over the New York Knicks.

Kerr became only the second player in NBA history to win four straight titles without being a member of the 1960s Boston Celtics dynasty; the other was Frank Saul, who won four straight with Rochester and Minneapolis from 1951 to 1954.

Portland Trail Blazers

Sources: Twitter

On July 24, 2001, Kerr and Derek Anderson were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Steve Smith from the Spurs. He stayed in Portland for the 2001–02 season, appearing in 65 games.

Retirement

After the 2003 NBA Finals, Kerr announced his retirement. He appeared in 910 regular-season games throughout his NBA career. He retired as the league’s all-time leader in single-season three-point shooting percentage (.524 in 1994–95) and career three-point shooting percentage (.528 in 1994–95). As a player, Kerr won five NBA championships.

Broadcaster and commentator

Source: SB Nation

Kerr joined Turner Network Television (TNT) as a television commentator in 2003, providing insight alongside analyst Marv Albert. During his stay, he hosted a section called Steve’s Refreshing Thoughts, which was sponsored by Coors Light and featured interesting facts about NBA history.

He has contributed his voice for the in-game commentary for the EA Sports video games NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, NBA Live 08, NBA Live 09, and NBA Live 10. He also served as a colour analyst for NBA 2K12, NBA 2K13, NBA 2K14, and NBA 2K15. Despite becoming the Golden State Warriors coach for the 2014–15 season many months before the game’s release, he remained a pundit in NBA 2K15.

Coaching career

Golden State Warriors 

Source: Golden Gate sports

On May 14, 2014, Kerr agreed to take over as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, succeeding Mark Jackson. Kerr coached the Warriors in the 2014 Summer League.

During the 2014–15 season, the team’s offence incorporated elements of his playing days in Chicago under Phil Jackson, the spacing and pace of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, and the uptempo ideas Mike D’Antoni and later Alvin Gentry used in Phoenix when Kerr was the GM.

Records

He is an eight-time NBA champion, having won five as a player (three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs) and three as a head coach with the Warriors.

Kerr is the only NBA player to win four consecutive championships after 1969. Kerr has the highest career three-point field goal percentage (45.4 per cent) of any player with at least 250 three-pointers made in NBA history. He also held the NBA record for the greatest three-point percentage in a season, 52.4 per cent, until Kyle Korver broke it in 2010.

Kerr was hired to head coach of the Golden State Warriors on May 14, 2014. He broke the NBA record for the most regular-season wins by a rookie coach on April 4, 2015, with a win over the Dallas Mavericks. Kerr became the first rookie coach to win a title since Pat Riley in the 1982 NBA Finals when the Warriors won the 2015 NBA Finals.

On April 13, 2016, the Warriors broke the record for most wins in an NBA season, which had previously been held by Kerr’s 1995–96 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors made it to the Finals four years in a row, losing in 2016, winning again in 2017 and 2018, and losing again in 2019.

Personal life

Source: Showbiz

Steve Kerr married his undergraduate love, Margot Brennan, in 1990. Nick, Maddy, and Matthew are their three children. Kerr is a big soccer lover and a big Liverpool F.C. fan.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеStephen Douglas Kerr
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеSteve Kerr
Віrth РlасеBeirut, Lebanon
Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау27 September 1965
Аgе/Ноw Оld55 years old
Неіght/Ноw ТаllIn Centimetres –190.5 cm
In Feet and Inches –6’3”
WеіghtIn Kilograms –  79Kg
In Pounds – 175 lbs
Раrеntѕ NаmеFather – Malcom H. Kerr
Mother – Ann(Zwicker)
ЅіblіngѕAndrew Kerr, Susan Kerr, John Kerr
NаtіоnаlіtуAmerican
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕMarried
GіrlfrіеndMargot Kerr (m. 1990)
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеNick Kerr, Madeleine Kerr, Matthew Kerr
РrоfеѕѕіоnFormer Basketball player, coach
Nеt Wоrth$20 million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdJuly 2021

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