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Steve Kerr on Coaching Without Fear

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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.

Kerr talks about his experience going to visit two MLB team managers, Andy Green (San Diego Padres) and Joe Maddon (Chicago Cubs), and the culture of being a coach. He says that Green believed Maddon coaches without fear, described by the example that he played music after every game—win or lose. Kerr says that coaching without fear is difficult to achieve without having a good team, as wrong decisions can get you fired. He states that on teams with such coaching, there is a sense of what will happen, regardless of the outcome of their game. For Kerr, with the Warriors he likes to keep a steady course—they play music at practice, play funny videos, and go out to dinner, doing everything the same while trying to take the pressure off of his players.