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    Steve Kerr Biography

    Steve Kerr is a recognized American professional basketball coach and former player now serving as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a nine-time NBA champion, having won four with the Warriors as a head coach as well as five titles as a player (two with the San Antonio Spurs and three with the Chicago Bulls). Kerr is the only NBA player to win 4 consecutive NBA titles after 1969.

    Steve Kerr Salary

    He gets a salary of $9.5 million annually.

    Steve Kerr Net Worth

    Steve Kerr has an estimated net worth of $24 million.

    Steve Kerr Age

    Steve Kerr was born on 27th September 1965, in Beirut, Lebanon. He is now 57 years old.

    Steve Kerr Height

    Kerr has a height of 6 feet 3 inches (Approx 1.91 m)

    Steve Kerr Family

    Kerr was born to his lovely parents, Malcolm H. Kerr (father) and Ann Zwicker (mom) in Beirut, Lebanon. His dad is an American academic who specialized in the Middle East. Kerr has three siblings. He has a grandfather called Stanley Kerr.

    Steve Kerr Wife

    Kerr wife is Margot Brennan who is his college sweetheart. The two walked down the aisle in 1990. Kerr is an avid supporter of Liverpool F.C.

    Steve Kerr Children

    Kerr is a dad of three children namely Nick, Maddy, and Matthew.

    Steve Kerr Education

    He attended the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon, Cairo American College in Egypt, and also Palisades High School (currently Palisades Charter High School) in Los Angeles where she graduated in 1983. Moreover, Kerr graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies, with emphasis on history, sociology, and English from the University of Arizona in 1988.

    From 1983 to 1988, Kerr played basketball at the University of Arizona. Kerr was named to the U.S. national team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Spain in the summer of 1986.

    Steve Kerr Career

    He played college basketball with the Arizona Wildcats. He earned All-American honors as a senior in 1988 and was a two-time first-team all-conference player in the Pac-10 (now called the Pac-12). In 2004, he became a minority owner of the Suns as part of the group led by Robert Sarver that purchased the team. Phoenix named Kerr the team’s general manager and president of basketball operations in June 2007. Moreover, Kerr was among majority owner Sarver’s trusted basketball advisors. In June 2010, he announced he was leaving the position but retained his minority share until 2014.

    He got his first head coaching job with the Golden State Warriors in May 2014. Under Kerr’s leadership, the franchise entered the most successful period in its history, reaching 6 NBA Finals and winning 4 championships in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2022 respectively. As a member of the U.S. national team, Kerr was an assistant coach on the gold medal-winning 2020 Olympic team and also won the 1986 FIBA World Championship as a player.

    In 1988, Kerr was mocked by Sun Devils fans with chants that contained “PLO” and “Where is your father?” during pre-game warmups at arch-rival Arizona State University. He helped the Wildcats reach the Final Four of the 1988 NCAA tournament alongside fellow All-American teammate Sean Elliott. In 1989, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, spending over three seasons there (1989–1992). Kerr spent the next season with the Orlando Magic and later signed with the Chicago Bulls in the year 1993.

    He was acquired by the San Antonio Spurs in a sign-and-trade deal with the Bulls in January 1999. The Spurs won their first NBA Championship with a 4–1 series victory over the New York Knicks after reaching the 1999 NBA Finals. Kerr and Saul became the only two players in NBA history to win two championships in consecutive seasons with two different teams, although Patrick McCaw achieved the same feat and Danny Green in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

    On July 24, 2001, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers together with Derek Anderson in a deal that brought Steve Smith to the Spurs. Kerr was traded back to San Antonio alongside Erick Barkley on August 2, 2002. In return, the Trail Blazers got Amal McCaskill, Antonio Daniels, and Charles Smith. The following year, Kerr played almost every game (75) which was his final season in the league. The Spurs ultimately won the NBA championship by defeating the New Jersey Nets 4–2 in the 2003 NBA Finals.

    He announced his retirement following the 2003 NBA Finals. Kerr played 910 regular season games during his NBA career. He won five NBA championships as a player. He became a broadcast analyst for Turner Network Television (TNT) in 2003, offering commentary together with analyst Marv Albert. He also contributed to Yahoo! as an NBA commentator.

    Kerr has provided his voice for the in-game commentary of EA Sports video games NBA Live 10, NBA Live 09, NBA Live 08, NBA Live 07, and NBA Live 06 with Albert. In addition, Kerr has also provided his voice as a color analyst for NBA 2K15, NBA 2K14, NBA 2K13, and NBA 2K12.

    On 2nd June 2007, he declared that he would become the general manager of the Phoenix Suns starting with the 2007–2008 season. The Suns traded guard Marcus Banks and forward Shawn Marion to the Miami Heat in a swap deal for Shaquille O’Neal in 2008. In the first round of the playoffs, the Suns were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in five games.

    On 10th December 2008, Kerr continued to remake the Suns’ roster by trading Raja Bell, Sean Singletary, and Boris Diaw to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Jared Dudley and Jason Richards. On 25th June 2009, Kerr traded O’Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Sasha Pavlovic and Ben Wallace. Kerr stepped down as general manager and president of the Suns on June 15, 2010.

    On 14th May 2014, Kerr reached an agreement to become the head coach for the Golden State Warriors in a five-year $25 million deal, succeeding Mark Jackson. Kerr became the first coach to start his career with a 19–2 record after the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets to win their 14th consecutive game.

    He became the first NBA rookie head coach to win 21 of his first 23 games on December 10, 2014. On April 4, 2015, Kerr got his 63rd win of the season to become the highest-winning rookie head coach in NBA history after the Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 123–110 to clinch home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Later, The Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets (4–1, in the Western Conference Finals), making the NBA Finals for the first time in four decades.

    The Warriors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals and their coaches, Kerr and David Blatt were both in their first season as NBA head coaches. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers, 4–2, in the series and won the championship, giving Kerr his sixth championship and first as a head coach.

    Following the first two days of the defending champion Warriors’ training camp, he took an infinite leave of absence to rehabilitate his back, which had caused problems since the 2015 NBA Finals. On 22nd January 2016, he returned to coaching after missing 43 games but cautioned he might need to miss games sometimes if there was a recurrence of the headaches and pain linked to the spinal fluid leak that sidelined him.

    He won his third championship as a head coach after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals. In 2019, the Warriors reached their fifth straight Finals under Kerr but the Toronto Raptors defeated them in six games. Kerr has won 80 playoff games and 429 regular season games as head coach. Moreover, Kerr is the first head coach in NBA history to lead his team to 67 or more wins in three straight seasons. In 2022, Kerr was ranked among the Top 15 Coaches in NBA History when the league celebrated its 75th anniversary.

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