Most athletes understand that they can not be active forever in the game of sports. While some have turned to other income-earning activities outside sports, some have turned to sports management, reporting, and coaching. Ironically, being a good player doesn’t guarantee the athlete would make a good coach, however, Steve Kerr is one of the few individuals that has had an incredible basketball career as both a player and a coach.
Steve Kerr is a retired professional basketball player who now earns as a reputable coach. Presently, he holds the position of a head coach for the defending champions in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Golden State Warriors.
He holds one of the most exceptional NBA records in history. With 8 NBA Championship wins to his name (five as a player, and three as a coach). Kerr also had the highest career three-point percentage for any player in NBA history until that record was surpassed in 2010. His life and career have been built around the sport as that is what he excels at. He has worked as a Sports General Manager and Color Analyst and Commentator before pursuing a career in coaching.
Steve Kerr continues to lead and drive his present team (the Warriors) with the same zeal with which he played basketball during his playing days and has led them to several victories breaking many records with his resilience and hard work.
Steve Kerr’s Bio
The exceptional athlete was born Stephen Douglas Kerr on the 27th of September 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon. His parents Malcolm and Ann Kerr raised him and his 3 siblings in different Middle Eastern countries including Lebanon. His early education was in American Community School, Beirut, Palisades High School and Cairo American College in Egypt.
Sadly, tragedy struck in the Kerr’s family in 1984 when their father (Malcolm) was killed by Islamic Jihadists. The incident left a great impact on the 18-year-old Steve who was on the brink of adulthood.
He went ahead to study General Studies majoring in English, History, and Sociology in the University of Arizona graduating in 1988. Upon entering college, Steve began to play basketball for the University of Arizona. The young Steve Kerr played from 1983 to 1988 with many accomplishments. He also became a favorite of the fans and his name was chanted anytime he got the ball.
Steve’s professional career began in 1988 when he was signed by Phoenix Suns. He played for different clubs in the NBA until his professional career ended in 2003. After a year with Phoenix Suns, he played for Cleveland Cavaliers between 1989- 1992, then Orlando Magic from 1992-1993 and played for Chicago Bulls from 1993 to 1999 where he won four NBA Championships.
He proceeded to San Antonio Spurs and played there from 1999 to 2001. Moving on in his career, he moved to Portland Trail Blazers and stayed there from 2001 to 2002. He returned to San Antonio Spurs in 2002 where he won his fifth championship and ended his playing career with a ‘big bang’ in 2003.
Some of the high points of his career include NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion, Second and Third-team All-American AP, and NABC, two-time First-team All-Pac-10. To mention a few.
After retirement, Stephen Douglas Kerr worked as a broadcast analyst for TNT. He has also done in-game commentary for some EA Sports Video games. He has worked as a color analyst and commentator in NBA 2k series.
He worked as the General manager for Phoenix Suns before starting his career as a coach with Golden State Warriors in 2014. He won the NBA Final as a rookie coach and has led his team to victory winning the NBA in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Amongst his other accomplishments as a coach is NBA Coach of the Year (2016) and has been named NBA All-Star Game head coach twice.
What Is Wrong With GSW Coach Steve Kerr?
The amazing coach began to have problems with his back in 2015. He had severe headaches and pain which interfered with his work. He revealed that the pain was related to a spinal fluid leak which he began to experience after he had back surgery.
The Lebanese born missed a total of 43 games towards the end of 2015 and early 2016. The assistant coach Luke Walton stepped in as an acting head coach. It seems that all is now well with the brilliant coach as he has since returned to work hale and hearty.
Where Is He Now?
As at the 2018/2019 season, Steve Kerr still serves as the head coach for Golden State Warriors. Although the Warriors lost the NBA Finals to Toronto Raptors. They are already strategizing and hoping to do better in 2019/2020 season starting in October.