The horrific and the humanity and the humor all have molded Steve Kerr, at 52, into what and where he is today, a coach atop a leviathan, the irresistible force and the immovable object. His Warriors are the biggest favorites to repeat since Grandmaster Flash started scratching. And, rather than making the media an enemy — the MO of seemingly every Power Five football coach in America — or denouncing original thoughts or statements by his players as “distractions,” Kerr not only embraces both, but says what he actually thinks about what’s happening in the world, too. “I think some people probably think I spend all my time studying politics, and I don’t,” he said last week. “I spend most of my time watching basketball and planning practice for the next day and thinking about the game. That’s my true passion.
But I do read a lot about politics and I follow what’s going on, and I’m worried. I’m worried about our country. That’s really the gist of my feeling comfortable about speaking out.”