Steve Kerr 'amazed' by activism of Florida survivors fighting for change

Steve Kerr 'amazed' by activism of Florida survivors fighting for change

OAKLAND -- After spending his All-Star break in Hawaii, Warriors coach Steve Kerr returned to his routine Wednesday feeling better about himself, his team and, moreover, his country.

Oh, he’s still disgusted by the events of Valentine’s Day, when 17 children and adults were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

But one week after closing a pregame news conference by his expressing disdain for politicians voting in lockstep with the National Rifle Association, Kerr is pleased that students in Florida and beyond are pleading for common-sense gun laws.

“It’s phenomenal,” Kerr said after practice. “What those kids are doing is heroic, it’s heartfelt and I think it’s the beginning of some change. I really believe that.

“I’m amazed every time I see them on TV or online. It’s heartbreaking but inspiring all at once.”

In the immediate wake of the shooting, Kerr addressed the issue and reminded people that they have the power to facilitate action in the face of perpetual inaction.

“It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day, in schools,” he said last week. “It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, at a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people who are running this country, to actually do anything. And that’s demoralizing.

“But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they’ve financed their campaign.”

Students and parents across the country have started pushing back against politicians whose campaigns receive financial support from the NRA. They’re urging a change in previous voting habits. And, short of that, they’re asking voters to usher them out of office.

“I feel very encouraged,” Kerr said Wednesday. “We’ve got a generation that’s grown up with these school shootings and mass shootings and they’re fed up.

“Historically, it’s the young generation that has initiate change.”

Kerr then compared the current groundswell to that which occurred a half century ago, when the nation’s youth fought against the ravages of the war in Vietnam.

“When you think about the Vietnam War, it was all the old white guys who kept sending all the troops over to fight this ridiculous war,” he said, pointing out the activism of the 1960s.

“It’s the young people of the country now who are going to create the change that we need in terms of how we handle gun violence and how we do our best to curb it. It’s amazing to watch.”

Report: Warriors to play preseason game in Seattle

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Report: Warriors to play preseason game in Seattle

Kevin Durant is going back to Seattle...

... to play in a preseason game (assuming he re-signs with the Warriors this summer).

The Warriors will face the Kings on Oct. 6, 2018 at Key Arena, according to Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee.

The Seattle SuperSonics selected Durant with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Seattle went 20-62 during the 2007-08 season and then moved to Oklahoma City.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

'Honest and logical' Popovich would be surprised if Kawhi returns this year

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'Honest and logical' Popovich would be surprised if Kawhi returns this year

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich delivered some big news on Wednesday afternoon regarding Kawhi Leonard.

"I'll be surprised if he returns this season," Popovich told reporters. "He's still not ready to go. If by some chance he is, it's gonna be pretty late into the season. And it's gonna be a tough decision.

"That's why I'm just trying to be honest and logical. I'll be surprised if he gets back this year."

This is very disappointing on so many levels.

Kawhi -- who finished third in the MVP voting last season -- has only appeared in nine games this season because of an ailing quadricep injury.

"We've got to move on," Popovich added. "The team has to realize that this is who we are, this is who we have ... wishing and hoping doesn't do anybody any good."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller