Stephen Douglas Kerr (born September 27, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA champion, having won five titles as a player (three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs) and three with the Warriors as a head coach.
|Net Worth:||$35 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Basketball Coach|
|Birth Date:||September 27, 1965|
|Children:||3 (Matthew, Madeleine, Nick)|
|Height:||6 ft 3 inches|
Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to the couple Malcolm H. Kerr, an American academic who specialized in his field in the Middle East, and his wife, Ann. Steve has three siblings.
His grandfather, Stanley Kerr, volunteered with the Near East Relief after the Armenian Genocide and rescued the ones in a dire situation in Aleppo and Marash before ultimately residing in Beirut. Kerr spent most of his childhood in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries. In Beirut in the summer of 1983, he met several US Marines who were later killed in the Beirut barracks bombings. He went to Cairo American College in Egypt, the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon, and Palisades High School (now Palisades Charter High School) in Los Angeles, graduating in 1983.
He was recruited out of high school. Kerr played basketball for the University of Arizona from 1983 to 1988. In 1986, Steve was named to the USA Basketball team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Spain.
The last American Men’s Senior Team had only amateur players to capture a gold medal. Steve suffered a knee injury in the tournament, usually a career-ending injury, forcing him to miss an entire season (1986–87) at Arizona. Steve enabled the Wildcats to reach the Final Four of the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament in 1988 and his All-American teammate Sean Elliott. Kerr also set an NCAA record for a 3-point percentage in a season.
Steve played as a roster piece for Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Portland Trail Blazers. However, he was well known for being a broadcaster, commentator, and head coach in a major league, namely National Basketball Association (NBA).
On May 14, 2014, Steve had an agreement to be the head coach for the Golden State Warriors, succeeding Mark Jackson. Kerr coached the team in the 2014 Summer League for the Warriors. During the 2014–15 season, the team’s offence employed elements of the triangle offence from his playing days in Chicago under Phil Jackson, the spacing and pace of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, and the up-tempo principles Mike D’Antoni and later Alvin Gentry used in Phoenix when Kerr was the GM.
As the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets to win their 14th consecutive game, Steve became the first coach to start his career with a 19–2 record, something never heard of before Steve Kerr. This beat Al Cervi and his 18–2 start with the Syracuse Nationals. On December 10, 2014, Kerr became the first NBA rookie head coach to win 21 of his first 23 games.
The Warriors ultimately finished with one of the best regular seasons in NBA history and the greatest in the team’s 69-year history. Golden State ended with an overall record of 67–15; the first time the Warriors had ever won as many as 60 games in a season, their previous high was 59 in the 1975–76 season.
The Warriors also ended with a 39–2 home record tied for the second-best home record in NBA history. The Warriors were first in defensive efficiency for the season and second in offensive efficiency, barely missing the mark that the Julius Erving–led Sixers achieved by being first in offensive and defensive efficiency. They became the first team in NBA history to have two-win streaks over 15 at home (18 and 19).
Famous Quotes by Stephen Kerr
“It’s different as a coach because you feel responsible for a lot of people. Even though you don’t take a shot, you don’t get a rebound, you feel like you just want people to succeed and you want to help them any way you can.”― Stephen Kerr
“I’m just thrilled for so many people. Our players, mostly, but the people in our organization – Rick Welts, Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and the whole group. It’s just a phenomenal group of people. I think as a coach you just appreciate kind of the big picture a little bit more.”― Stephen Kerr
“I know there’s been all this talk this year especially about the 3-point shot and can you win shooting it. There is a lot of different styles that can work. You have to base it on your own personnel.”― Stephen Kerr
“Our team, because of our depth and our talent, we were able to do that, and it turned into a special season as a result.”― Stephen Kerr
Being a Head coach and managing the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr managed to have a successful career inside and outside the court, with a record-breaking 67 wins in three consecutive seasons, readily justifying the 20 million dollar net worth amassed in just seven years. Through his hard work and pure skills in basketball, he has amassed over 21 million dollars net worth working alongside sports sensations like Michael Jordan and Chuck Person. He is an example and inspiration, and he shows what can be achieved with hard work and determination.
As of 2021, Stephen Kerr’s net worth is $35 million.
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