Fed up with mass shootings, Steve Kerr takes on gun-control: 'To solve it..'

Fed up with mass shootings, Steve Kerr takes on gun-control: 'To solve it..'

OAKLAND -- As the number of mass shootings in America this year ticks toward 400, most of the general public is showing more and more signs of sheer exasperation with government inaction.

Count Warriors coach Steve Kerr among those who are past their threshold with the government limiting its reaction to these tragedies to such tired platitudes as “sending our thoughts and prayers” to the survivors while the powerful National Rifle Association lobby continues to assert authority over politicians.

After first expressing condolences to those affected by the mass shooting Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex. that killed with 26 men, women and children, Kerr on late Monday afternoon dived into problem-solving mode.

“To solve it, we almost have to look at it like a public health issue,” he said two hours before tipoff against the Miami Heat. “Too often we get caught up in political rhetoric, Second Amendment rights, NRA stuff. We have to look at this as it has nothing to do with partisanship or political parties -- it’s got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue.”

Kerr has long been a strong advocate for gun control, his passion on the topic undoubtedly stirred by the brutal 1984 assassination of his father, Malcolm Kerr, at the American University of Beirut.

What Kerr had to say Monday makes sense on so many levels. He reference an article he read earlier in the day that compared the inaction on gun control to the steps taken to address auto fatalities in the 1950s and 1960s.

With the addition of such seat belts, speed limits, air bags, driver’s licensing and other safety measures, death rates on American highways have been dramatically curtailed.

“All these things are just safety issues,” Kerr said. “We have to somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point, the point of fact, which is safety. Which means (there are) a lot of things that we can do without taking away peoples’ Second Amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.

“But our government has to lead the way,” he added. “They can’t just cave in to the NRA just because the NRA wants to make money. They have to put people’s safety and health over the interests of the gun lobby and the gun industry. It doesn’t seem like it would be that far of a stretch, but for whatever reason we’re paralyzed and we’re unable to do anything to protect our citizens.

“It’s disgusting and it’s a shame.”

Cook gives injured Warriors 'huge boost' in anomalous loss


Cook gives injured Warriors 'huge boost' in anomalous loss

OAKLAND -- If Quinn Cook plays at anything close to the level he performed Friday night against the Kings, the Warriors should avoid any catastrophic stumbling in the absence of their top three scorers.

They stumbled plenty in a 98-93 loss to Sacramento, but not because of Cook. The two-way player who has spent most of the season with G-League Santa Cruz scored a team-high 25 points, shot 10-of-13 from the field and played respectable defense.

He did more than could have been reasonably expected.

“I felt like this was coming,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was fantastic. He really lit it up and gave us a huge boost.”

The Warriors ran into problems elsewhere, shared among the usually reliable veterans who need to be particularly reliable in the absence of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Usual starters Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia combined to shoot 6-of-20.

Usual reserves Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David West and Nick Young shot a collective 13-of-39.

In the second half, when Warriors mustered only 34 points -- a season-low for any half -- the six vets combined to take 32 shots and missed 24.

Those are atrocious numbers and they explain what went wrong in a game that was there for the taking.

They’re also an anomaly.

“We just couldn’t get anything going,” Green said. “But we got some good shots. We got ‘Dre on a couple of pull-ups in the lane, I got a couple open shots, Nick got a couple open shots, Zaza got a couple open ones. D-West had one pop in and out. (Kevon Looney) had two pop in and out.

“We just got cold. But hopefully those shots will fall tomorrow.”

West, returning after missing four games with a cyst on his right arm, was 1-of-6 from the field. He came into this game as a 60.8-percent shooter this season.

Igoudala was 4-of-10; he shot 70 percent over the previous 10 games. Young was 5-of-15, well below his 44-percent shooting this season. Livingston’s 3-of-8 shooting is uncharacteristic of someone shooting at least 50 percent for four years running.

If history is any indication, Green (5-of-14) and Pachulia (1-of-6) are not going continue to miss at the rate they did in this game, the first this season in which the Warriors were without all three of their top scorers.

If history is any indication, the Warriors can’t be counted on to score 34 points on 27.3-percent shooting in the second half of a game.

“I loved how our guys battled,” Kerr said. “They really competed well and made some big plays. We just couldn’t get the ball to go down quite enough in the second half.”

That’s going to change, perhaps as soon as Saturday night in Phoenix, were the Suns are playing to lose.

So if Cook plays steady basketball, the Warriors will fall off and their fans won’t become a basket case while waiting for the three shooters. The Warriors surely believe that.

“He really showed up. I’ve been waiting on that Quinn,” Green said. “We needed that. It was great for him to come out and play like that. And most importantly, his shots were falling. Since he’s been playing (more often) he’s been playing well, but his shots weren’t really falling. But tonight, they fell for him.”

They won’t always fall at a rate of 77 percent. They won’t have to once his teammates drop in a few more of their own shots.

Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings


Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings

OAKLAND -- Omri Casspi sustained a sprained right ankle with 9:00 left in the second quarter of the Warriors-Kings game Friday night and did not return.

After dropping in a short hook shot with 9:04 left in the quarter, Casspi landed awkwardly, rolling his ankle and dropping to the floor clutching his lower leg. Down for a couple minutes, he eventually got up and limped into the locker room, accompanied by physical performance specialist Chelsea Lane.

Casspi played six minutes off the bench, producing 6 points, one assist and one rebound against his former team.

He joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Pat McCaw and Klay Thompson on the sideline.