NBA white guy of the Day Steve Kerr
In honor of Steve Kerr reaching his 200th win faster than any coach in the NBA, he is my NBA white dude of the day. You might know him now as the Golden State Warriors head coach but I will always know him as the sniper for the Bulls and later the Spurs. Before Ray Allen didn’t miss a three it was Steve Kerr. With the help of an amazing roster as a head coach, he has only lost 38 games in the NBA in three years. If you want to get a little picky though some of those wins should have gone to Luke Walton who stepped in for Kerr after he had back surgery.
Early career of Steve Kerr
Interesting fact about Steve Kerr is that he was born in Lebanon. He actually has a horrible story about his father, who was a teacher, being killed by a terrorist in 1984. He was serving as president of the American University of Beirut. It’s a horrible story. Even with those terrible events, Steve managed to play basketball for the University of Arizona. During his time there he was named to the USA basketball team and competed in the FIBA world championships in 1986. At the time it was only played with amateurs. They won the gold metal. He became a fan favorite at Arizona while helping the team reach the final four in 1988. Kenny Lofton the future Cleveland Indian played alongside Kerr. He set the record for three-point percentage in that season with 57%.
Steve Kerr was drafted in the 1988 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. The draft was highlighted by the first overall pick Danny Manning, followed by Rik Smits, Mitch Richmond, and Hersey Hawkins. He was drafted before Anthony Mason and John Starks who wasn’t even drafted. Steve was traded right to the Cavs in 1989 where he played three seasons before playing in Orlando for one. It was after the 1993 season that he came to the Bulls and won his first of three championships with them. The best coming in 1997 where he hit the game-winning 3 to win them the championship. Mr. Kerr was traded in 1998 to the Spurs where he won two more championships before calling his playing career a close.