This week on 60 Minutes,who’re trying to make their fifth straight journey to the NBA Finals and win their third straight title. Wertheim spoke with many of the workforce’s star-studded lineup, together with coach Steve Kerr, who has led the workforce to the Finals annually he has been with the workforce.
“You could possibly simply do a 60 Minutes piece on Steve Kerr alone,” stated 60 Minutes’ Nathalie Sommer, who produced this week’s story on the Warriors.
An vital position participant with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls within the 1990s, Kerr earned 5 championship titles as an NBA participant, along with the three titles he is gained as coach of the Warriors. When his taking part in profession was over, he turned a sports activities broadcaster, then served as basic supervisor of the Phoenix Suns. When the Warriors tapped him as their new coach in 2014, he had by no means coached a workforce earlier than.
However Kerr’s distinctive background started nicely earlier than he stepped foot on an NBA court docket. Born in Beirut to American teachers, Kerr spent a lot of his childhood within the Center East.
“I bought a reasonably worldly training at a younger age,” he advised Wertheim.
One among his greatest classes got here when he was 18 and a freshman on the College of Arizona: his father, the president of the American College of Beirut, was assassinated by the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. On the time, Lebanon was within the throes of a civil struggle, and Kerr’s father, Malcom, was an simply accessible, high-profile American.
The sudden tragedy modified his life on and off the court docket—and impacts the best way he coaches the Warriors at this time.
“When [tragedy] occurs early in your life, it offers you a greater consciousness to how fragile every thing is,” Kerr stated. “And so, whenever you get to an excellent factor, you need to maintain onto it… as a result of you already know nothing lasts.”
Kerr now makes use of his high-profile position as a platform to talk out about political points, particularly gun management. He additionally fosters a way of civic consciousness in his workforce by bringing in audio system and giving his gamers the liberty to say what they need on political points.
“It would not allow you to win basketball video games. It helps you retain a perspective about your life,” star Warriors participant Steph Curry stated.
The Warriors gamers Wertheim spoke with additionally praised Kerr for his hands-off strategy to teaching, trusting his gamers and their skills and never coming down too arduous on them after they do not ship. Kerr stated it is a part of the lesson tragedy taught him—to be current and respect the second he is in.
“We speak about it on a regular basis,” Kerr stated. “We’re so fortunate to be right here. We’re so fortunate to play on this workforce and coach this workforce, to be collectively. Benefit from the second, get pleasure from this workforce. Let’s maintain using it out.”
The video above was produced by Brit McCandless Farmer and Sarah Shafer Prediger. It was edited by Sarah Shafer Prediger.
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