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Kerr explained the struggles and delights of coaching Green on ESPN Radio’s TMI show with Michelle Beadle and Ramona Shelburne. “With Draymond he’s obviously the one guy that sort of walks the line, tows the line, he’s had some issues during the season, whether it’s being demonstrative on the floor or the locker room or whatever, or getting suspended. But the thing with Draymond, and I learned this from [Michigan State coach] Tom Izzo … He said, ‘Draymond is going to make you pull your hair out sometimes, but he’s such a great guy and a team guy and he’s got such a huge heart that he’s always going to come back around.’ He said, ‘The big thing with Draymond is challenge him and be up front with him. Don’t be afraid to yell at him.’ That’s the way we’ve kind of approached it. “Draymond and I, we’ve gotten into it many times … but there’s never any lingering ill will. (GM Bob Myers) and I try to keep the momentum going. Every once in a while there’s a hiccup and we address it … but he always gets back on track.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says it’s “absurd” to cast Kevin Durant as a villain because he left the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent and joined the Warriors this summer. “To think of Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or any of our guys as villains, it’s kind of absurd. Especially Kevin,” Kerr said Sunday in an interview on ESPN Radio’s TMI with Michelle Beadle and Ramona Shelburne. “This is one of the most likeable people in this league. He’s just an awesome human being. What he did in Oklahoma City was just amazing for that community.
Kerr added: “Circumstances kind of dictate, I guess, that some people are going to see him as a villain. But it’s only because he decided to go elsewhere to play. He wanted to change his scenery, he wanted a new challenge. More than anything he wanted to play with our guys. He loves Draymond [Green] and Steph and Klay [Thompson] and Andre [Iguodala]. Seeing those guys in New York, he loved seeing the chemistry that exists and he wanted to be a part of it.”
The Kerrs were on the frontline of American relief after World War I. Stanley Kerr arrived in Aleppo in 1919 and began photographing, documenting, and rescuing Armenian women and orphans. He then transferred to Marash to take charge of an American mission. His memoir, The Lions of Marash, is set at this location and describes how the armies of Mustafa Kemal eradicated the Armenians from the new Turkish republic. Private American charity reached the Armenians first. In response to the massacre of over 1.5 million Armenians, philanthropist Cleveland Dodge formed the Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief. Former president Theodore Roosevelt advocated intervention, saying, “All Americans worthy of the name feel their deepest indignation aroused by the dreadful Armenian atrocities[a].”
Unlike Armenians in Beirut, Steve Kerr was not raised on stories of genocide, but he was aware of his forefather’s humanity in the face of atrocity. “I was aware of my grandparents running an orphanage in Marash and eventually finding Beirut through their travels,” Kerr says. “I have a great deal of pride in knowing how much they helped.”
The Near East Relief campaign raised a staggering $19.5 million from private donations by 1919, and $117 million by 1930 — over $1.6 billion today when adjusted for inflation[c]. Despite the monumental efforts of the Near East Relief, the Armenian Genocide is not recognized by the United States. “Everybody learns about the Jewish Holocaust, but very few know about the Armenian Genocide,” Kerr says solemnly. “It’s not taught in schools, and obviously there are still the political issues of whether Turkey is willing to use the word ‘genocide.’”