Steve Kerr is best known for his role as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. He’s had a long and successful career in the National Basketball Association, but there are a lot of things that many fans of basketball don’t know about him. He’s a remarkable guy that is deserving of a moment in the spotlight so here are ten things that you didn’t know about Steve Kerr.
1. One of the best Three Point Shooters Ever
Most people know that Steve Kerr played basketball but as time goes by and players move on to become coaches and commentators, the new generation of fans may not all be aware of the significant achievements that some of these gentlemen have made in their careers. Kerr has a total of eight NBA championships under his belt. Five of these titles were earned when he was a player. Two titles with the San Antonio Spurs and three with the Chicago Bulls, then another three as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. In addition to this, Kerr held the NBA record for a season’s highest three point percentage until 2010 when Kyle Korver broke that record.
2. He was born in a foreign country
Steven Douglas Kerr is an American, but he was born in Beirut, Lebanon. This is because his father is an academic with specialization in the Middle East. His mother and father were living there at the time of his birth. Steve also has three siblings. He’s had an interesting childhood and had seen a good share of the world as a child because of the travels of his parents. In fact, much of Steve’s childhood was spent living in Lebanon as well as other countries in the Middle East. He attended the American Community School in Beirut, and Palisades High School in Los Angeles, so he spent time moving in between America and the Middle East.
3. His father was murdered
When Steve Kerr was jut 18 years old and a college student, his father, Malcolm Kerr was president of the American University of Beirut. Gunmen from the Shia Lebanese militia called for Islamic Jihad which formed Hezbollah and they shot him to death outside of his office in the hallway. This event happened in 1984 when Malcolm was just 52 years old and it was an event that forever changed Steve’s life.
4. He was tormented by fans over his father’s death
In 1996 Kerr and the Arizona Wildcats were warming up in preparation for their game against the Arizona Sun Devils. Fans of the opposing team did something so reprehensible that it triggered a formal apology from the director of Arizona State University.The fans were actually chanting “your father’s history” and “PLO.” It’s hard to believe that people are capable of showing such a lack of class and taste to resort to such a low mentality and poor behaviors. It evoked a tearful response from Kerr who just played the game and led his team to a victory against the opposition.
5. Steve Kerr is a family man
So often, great athletes and professional coaches are in the spotlight because their teams are either winning or losing in a remarkable fashion. Not a lot of attention is paid to their personal lives, but Steve Kerr has an interesting and touching life story. Although he’s had tragedy and sadness in his life, he is one of the fortunate guys who met the love of his life in college. Her name is Margot. The couple were married in 1990. They have three children together and their names are Matthew, Maddy and Nick.
6. He’s not a Trump fan
On the political side of his life, Steve Kerr was a critic of Donald Trump and he wasn’t impressed with the President’s use of insults against minorities and women. Kerr comes from a family that values diversity and they have long supported efforts to help refugees in need of help. His grandfather helped to rescue women and children in Aleppo who were victims of the violence taking place around them. He made it clear that he hoped Trump would lead the country successfully but he disapproved of the disrespect that was shown to other people.
7. Kerr is a supporter of gun control
Another issue that Steve Kerr is very open about is his strong belief that gun control is a necessity. he shared that he was not pleased with the government’s response to the rash of school shootings that have taken place in the country. This is a topic that is highly relevant to Steve and everyone else in his family. Although it was not on American soil, his father was killed outside of his office at the University and school shooting events have hit very close to home for Steve and his family. If anyone has the right to strongly voice their opinions and to be heard on the subject it is certainly them. They have a valid perspective to share based upon their life experiences and the impact that gun violence has had on their lives.
8. He finished his college degree
When the tragedy of his father’s death occurred, Steve was still in college. He attended the University of Arizona where he was enrolled in the General Studies program. His coursework focused on History, Sociology and English and he did graduate with his bachelors degree in 1988.
9. He experienced a severe injury
Steve was a favorite with fans of the Arizona Wildcats. The public loved him because of his playing ability and leadership of the team. He had proven that he was able to rise above adversity in his personal life and bring home the victories for the team. His long-range shooting skills were over the top. Every time the ball landed in his hands fans would chant his name. He was playing in a tournament with the team when he blew out his knee, forcing him to miss the ’86-7 season, but the injury that was most often a career ending event didn’t keep him down. He recovered and returned to the court the following season and carried on, which was his habit.
10. His grandfather was a hero
The Kerr family was active in making contributions that made the world a better place. His father was an educator and his grandfather was a hero who helped to save lives. His name was Stanley Kerr and he was a volunteer with Near East Relief in the era after the tragic Armenian Genocide. Stanley settled in Beirut but prior to that he was a part of the team who rescued orphans and women from Marash and Aleppo.