Steve Kerr is a phenomenal basketball player and an even more excellent basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California.
Steve Kerr has a FIBA World Championship gold medal in his name. He has also set and broken numerous records both as a player and as a manager. There is no doubt that Steve Kerr is probably one of the best NBA players to have been appointed coach in recent years.
Steve Kerr NBA Career
Steve Kerr began his NBA career in 1988 with the Phoenix Suns. He played for the Phoenix Suns for about a year before joining the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1989. He spent 3 seasons with the Cavaliers before joining the Florida-based basketball team Orlando Magic. Kerr spent a year (1992-1993) with Orlando Magic before joining the Chicago Bulls in 1993, where he played alongside the legendary Michael Jordan. Steve was with the Chicago Bulls for 6 seasons, he was a key member of the Bulls team. During his tenure, the team set an NBA record of 72-10 in the 1995-1996 NBA season, on their way to winning the 1996 NBA finals, and subsequently won the 1997 NBA finals, with Kerr scoring the winning point on the buzzer.
Kerr parted ways with the Chicago Bulls in 1999 and celebrated two successful years with the San Antonio Spurs (1999-2001 and 2002-2003), winning two NBA finals. In between, Kerr spent a season (2001-2002) with the Portland Trail Blazers. During his playing career, he served as Point Guard/Shooting Guard, scoring a total of 5,437 (6.0 ppg) points, making 1,060 (1.2 RPG) rebounds and 1,658 (1.8 APG) assists his playing career.
Steve Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 27, 1965, the son of Malcolm H. Kerr (father) and Ann Zwicker (mother). Malcolm and Ann had three other children. Kerr’s grandfather (Stanley Kerr) had settled in Beirut and raised his family there. His grandfather was involved in the heroic rescue of women and orphans in Aleppo and Marash while working with the American humanitarian organization Near East Relief. The organization was founded after the Armenian and Assyrian genocides.
Malcolm (Steve’s father) was a university lecturer specializing in Middle East studies. Like his father, he decided not to return to America but to start his own family in Beirut, which explains why Steve was born there. Steve inevitably had to spend much of his childhood in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries and attend their schools. However, he attended Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles.
A tragedy occurred on January 18, 1984. Steve’s father, the then President of the American University in Beirut, was shot dead in the hallway outside his office by armed men (later identified as Islamic Jihadists). The gruesome murder of his father left Steve traumatized. However, he found comfort in his family and in basketball. Steve Kerr had a fantastic college basketball season that year. In 1988 he finally graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies.
Steve Kerr as a Coach
Kerr has had an equally amazing career as a coach. On 14 May 2014, he was appointed head coach of the Golden State Warriors. With a string of phenomenal victories, it wasn’t long before he began breaking and setting new records with the Warriors. Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular-season victories of a junior coach. He had a string of victories that culminated in the win over the Dallas Mavericks. Steve Kerr was also the first rookie coach to win an NBA final since Pat Riley in 1982 after leading the Golden State Warriors to the 2015 NBA trophy.
In 2016, the Golden State Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season on their way to the NBA final. After a spectacular performance by Cleveland’s LeBron James, they finally lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Kerr’s Golden State Warriors, led by Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, won against the same opponent in the 2017 NBA Final. Kerr was also president of the basketball operation and general manager of the Phoenix Suns. He was also a color commentator for the NBA at TNT.
Wife, Son, Daughter
Steve has been married to Margot Kerr since 1990. They are blessed with three wonderful children – two sons Nick and Matthew and a daughter named Maddy. Nick and Maddy have inherited their father’s love of sports. Nick played college basketball at the University of San Diego and is currently a video assistant on the coaching staff of the San Antonio Spurs. He hopes to become a coach like his father one day.
Maddy, on the other hand, is an excellent volleyball player. She was one of the best at her high school (Torry Pines High School in Southern California). Maddy has won 2 championships of the San Diego Division I. She also made it into the “Fab 50” selection of the volleyball magazine. Maddy was ranked 65th by Prepvolleyball.com and also applied for the American women’s volleyball team.
As an athlete, Steve Kerr has an impressive body build. He’s 6’1″.
Facts About His Health
In 2015, it was reported that Steve Kerr underwent multiple back surgeries due to an undisclosed condition. However, a few years after the operations he began to feel unbearable pain. This affected his coaching in 2017, as he had to miss some matches. In the meantime, Kerr has fully recovered and is doing well.