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Steve Kerr on Balancing Competitiveness

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Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) is the Golden State Warriors Head Coach and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. Kerr is a five-time NBA champion and former General Manager of the Phoenix Suns. He entered the NBA as a second-round selection by the Suns (50th overall) in 1988. He played for six teams during his 15-year tenure (Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio and Portland). He was a part of NBA championship teams in Chicago in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and then won two more rings with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003. As a coach, Steve Kerr has won three championships with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Coach Kerr explains that as a child he was very competitive. He would throw tantrums on the pitching mound and get angry at himself when he missed a shot in basketball. Kerr’s parents channeled and guided his competitiveness which helped reduce the anger he felt on the sports field. However, in the NBA and in most professional sports leagues every player is extremely competitive. This means that finding the right balance of competitiveness in a player is quite crucial.