Former Warriors forward Omri Casspi recently had Golden State coach Steve Kerr on his podcast.
And the Israeli native started the episode by sharing an amazing story that highlights Kerr's empathy and compassion.
In December 2017, Casspi received an email from a family friend who delivered the tragic news that her son was diagnosed with a very advanced form of cancer.
"He loved the Warriors," Casspi said. "They were taking a trip to (the Bay Area) to see us play in some games. The kid is such a big fan of you, the team, Steph (Curry) and the rest of the guys. And people gotta understand that practice facilities in the NBA are like some sort of a temple.
"I don't remember any team that I played for allowing anyone into the practice facility during the season. I told you the story about the situation and you allowed them to come into practice.
"We had a balcony usually where the guests are staying during practice. I'll never forget it -- you went up there and insisted that the kid and his mom come down and watch practice from the court. One of the most famous teams of all time -- and a kid with cancer is able to experience that firsthand."
But it gets even better.
"I remember I was going through my daily routine shooting some shots after practice and I saw you talking to the mom," Casspi explained. "I said give me 20-30 minutes -- I'll shower, stretch, get my ice, etc -- I'll come back and take them to lunch. I came back 30-40 minutes after and I see you still there talking to the mom -- both of you with tears in your eyes. I'll never forget that picture.
"The next day, you upgraded their tickets, you took them backstage, you got them into the VIP lounge. Klay (Thompson) came over and gave them signed shoes. I remember the son literally with tears in his eyes."
Unfortunately, the story has a very sad ending.
"They flew back to Israel a couple days later (and) a couple of weeks after, the kid passed away," Casspi said. "I don't remember if I ever told you thank you. It's one of the most amazing things a human being can do. Thank you."
Kerr then offered his perspective.
"I've always felt that the most important thing that we can do as NBA players and coaches is bring joy to people," he said. "To our fans, but more importantly to people who are struggling ... moments like that always are very grounding, they're very humbling and very emotional.
"They're very important for all of us. I'm glad that visit made such an impact."
Kerr truly is an incredible person.
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