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VIDEO: Kerr praises Curry for ‘Players’ Tribune’ essay, calls him a ‘real leader’

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Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, famous for his thoughtful social commentary, opened his pregame press conference on Saturday night by praising Stephen Curry, who wrote an essay in “The Players’ Tribune” asking for “real help” for Veterans.

“I thought he hit the nail on the head,” Kerr said. “Anybody who believes that people are being disrespectful to the military by kneeling has it wrong. It’s the whole point is peaceful protest.

“The military is responsible for giving Americans the right to free speech and that’s beauty of our country. And on Veterans Day, I thought it was a perfect way to celebrate our veterans — both past and present.”

“And I thought Steph really verbalized it beautifully and it was really well done. I’m very proud of him.”

Kerr also addressed what makes Curry such an effective messenger for social causes, like the issues confronting veterans.

“We’ll he’s very thoughtful. He’s very compassionate. He’s very smart and he’s humble. I’ve made the comment before that he’s incredibly arrogant on the floor and humble off the court. And I think that’s a really powerful combination.”

“And so, when people see him out on the floor shooting 35-footers and dangling the mouth piece, they might think of him one way, but if they spend any time getting to know him, understanding what he’s about, they’ll realize he’s a man of great humility and honesty.”

“He’s a family man, [an] unbelievable father and husband. And he thinks. He thinks about what’s going on. And so, when he speaks, it’s from the heart.

“And I thought his words were really poignant because it seems like today what everybody is doing is just kind of yelling and screaming across the aisle or at each other or sending mean tweets or whatever.”

“If you just read that, Steph’s right. What can we do to help people? In this case, he’s writing about the military, given that it’s Veterans Day.

“But that’s the whole thing that we have to cut through is all the rhetoric and the anger and just understand that it shouldn’t matter who you are, what political party you’re affiliated with and what position you’re in  — whether you’re a public servant or an athlete or  just a person in any job.”

“It’s about helping people. It’s about doing the right thing and treating people with respect and understanding and accepting and embracing diversity. And those are things that Steph talks about all the time. So, he’s a real leader for all of us.”

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kbuscheck@sfexaminer.com

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