Stephen Douglas Kerr ( born September 27, 1965 in Beirut ) is a retired American professional basketball player and general manager of the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. He played on the point guard position, and was one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA. Among other things, he worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs and won five league titles. He is currently a TV commentator.
Steve Kerr's father, Malcolm Kerr was a specialist on the Middle East. Therefore, Steve spent much of his childhood in Lebanon and other Arab states. In Egypt he visited the Cairo American College. He also attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades ( California). On 18 January 1984, his father, who was at that time the president of the American University of Beirut, was killed by a militant Lebanese nationalists.
1983 Kerr began his basketball career at the University of Arizona.
In 1986, he won the U.S. national basketball team at the FIBA World Championship in 1986 in Spain the gold medal.
Steve Kerr was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft 1988 ( at 50th place ) by the Phoenix Suns. On September 5, 1989, he was sent in exchange for the rights to a second-round draft pick in the 1993 NBA Draft to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Three years later he was traded to the Orlando Magic for a second-round draft pick in the NBA Draft 1996.
In the fall of 1993, he signed as a free agent contract with the Chicago Bulls. With the Bulls, he won three NBA championships ( 1995/96, 1996/97 and 1997/ 98).
On January 22, 1999 Kerr was traded from the Bulls in exchange for Chuck Person and a first-round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs. With the Spurs Kerr could get his fourth NBA title in a row in the 1998/99 season.
In July 2001, the Spurs gave him away along with Derek Anderson and a second-round draft pick in the 2003 NBA Draft to the Portland Trail Blazers. In return, Steve Smith went to the Spurs.
A year later, Kerr was returned to the Spurs. The Spurs also received this Erick Barkley and a second-round draft pick in the NBA Draft 2003. Went For Antonio Daniels, Amal McCaskill and Charles Smith to the Blazers. With the Spurs Kerr was his last win of five NBA championships in the 2002/03 season.
After the NBA Finals in 2003 Steve Kerr announced his retirement from professional sports. He is one of the most accurate three-point launcher NBA history - currently he is with a hit rate of 45.40% at number one.
Records and achievements
- In the season 1994/95 Kerr met 89 out of 170 attempted three-point throws. The hit rate of 52.4 % is the highest in NBA history for a single season.
- Kerr led twice in his career the NBA in three-point leaderboard on ( 1989/90 with 50.7 % and in 1994/95 with 52.4 %).
- In 1997, he won the three-point contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend. As early as 1994, 1995 and 1996, he had participated in this tournament.
From 2003 to 2007, Kerr as an analyst for Turner Network Television (TNT) operates. In addition, he also contributed to a segment at Yahoo! in as an NBA commentator. In addition, he lent his voice to EA Sports video games NBA Live 2007 and NBA Live 08, even in the newest part of the NBA 2K series (NBA 2K12 ) is he one of the commentators.
April 15, 2004 Kerr went to the management of the Phoenix Suns, where he became a consultant. With the start of the NBA season 2007/ 08 he became General Manager of the Suns, where he replaced Mike D' Antoni, who wants to focus on the trainer activities. This he remained until the summer of 2010, after which he joined as a sports journalist for TNT again. His successor at the Sun's Lance Blanks.