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Steve Kerr believes 'authentic' political voice reaches Warriors players

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Steve Kerr believes 'authentic' political voice reaches Warriors players

Throughout his tenure, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been a voice for social change, taking political positions in line with most of his player's interests, something he believes comes naturally. 

"It's nothing I've ever thought about," Kerr said during the latest episode of the 'Runnin Plays' Podcast. "It's authentic and as long as it's authentic, then I think it will reach players. If it's beneficial, if it helps then that's great but more than anything, it's just got to be real."

In recent years, Kerr has been outspoken on social issues of race and gun control. Following Friday's loss to the Heat, Kerr invited Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, to meet with the team. Fulton's son -- who was unarmed -- was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilty of second-degree murder. Last year, Kerr participated in a town hall meeting at Newark Memorial High School in the Bay Area to call for tougher gun laws.

"These last five years or so, the world has become a much more scary place. It's our country is in a much shakier place than we used to be, everything used to seem so solid," Kerr said. "Then in the last four or five years, it just seems like things are getting shakier and shakier and our foundation is so important and I think it's important for people to try to help maintain the foundation.

"And it sounds corny but we all play a role in that."

Much of Kerr's activism has come on Twitter. On the social network, Kerr frequently tweets and retweets articles criticizing current US President Donald Trump and his constituents, while advocating for gun control initiatives. During the podcast, Kerr said his use of the platform has evolved. 

"Twitter is dangerous," he said. "I've had to learn what to tweet, what not to tweet. I tend to retweet articles that I find really interesting to me. I started using Twitter as a news source more than anything. And then I started to realize the power of Twitter and how dangerous that was. And I saw how many people were getting themselves into trouble.

"And I'm sure I got myself into trouble a few times with it. So I've tried to be wise about it."

Kerr acknowledged that his current circumstances have been beneficial to his beliefs. Aside from being a part of an organization that encourages his right to speak out, he also lives in a liberal part of the country that typically agrees with his stances.

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"I'm lucky to ... basically when somebody comes up and compliments me about taking political stances or whatever I say, well 90 percent of the people around me seem to agree with me, in the Bay Area," Kerr said. "So it's that at heroic, it is nice. I mean, I love California, this is my home, grew up in Southern California but I've fallen in love with the Bay and I just believe in the values of this state and this area and it's a fun place to be and it's a great place to share a lot of the values that we do."

What Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala thinks of NBA's bubble environment

What Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala thinks of NBA's bubble environment

Andre Iguodala has played over 1,100 NBA games, but his next eight (at least) will be very different. Iguodala and the Miami Heat are in Orlando preparing for the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season.

So, how is the former Warriors forward approaching the "bubble" at Disney World?

"It's not really a different type of environment," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said Saturday after practice. "The majority of the league comes from low to middle-class income families. We played in worse conditions. Obviously the NBA and every team should be giving all the players all the resources they need.

"It's just getting the mental side right, making the most of the moment and putting forth the mental and physical effort to keep our game in a healthy place ... we're doing it as a collective. We're competing on the court, but hopefully the players are getting a chance to interact and keep each other in a good mental space."

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Iguodala -- one of the smartest players in the entire league -- understands the big picture and what's at stake for the NBA. He knows it won't be easy for everybody and that the logistics present challenges, but is willing to sacrifice for the greater good. So don't expect to hear any complaints from Iguodala when it comes to the food or accommodations in Orlando.

At 36 years old, it probably will take Iguodala a little longer to get himself to where he needs to be physically. But he made sure he put in the work while the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The body is solid," Iguodala said. "Just looking over the little nicks that may come up from being off so long ... everyone was getting after it throughout this time."

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Iguodala averaged just 4.4 points in 18.5 minutes over his first 14 games with the Heat.

But you definitely should expect his production and value to increase when the playoffs begin in mid-August.

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Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Kendrick Perkins gets paid to express his opinion.

And on Tuesday's episode of "The Jump" on ESPN, he voiced his thoughts on Draymond Green's 2019-20 campaign.

"Draymond disappointed me this season," the former NBA big man said. "I thought with the injury to Klay (Thompson) and the injury to Steph (Curry) he was gonna elevate his game offensively and shock the world. With him getting $100 million in the contract extension, I thought Draymond was gonna come out and prove a point.

"Also with them losing Kevin Durant, I thought we would see 'Defensive Player of the Year Draymond' ... (but) he took a few steps backwards. My expectations for Draymond Green were a little bit higher, and he didn't achieve it."

The truth is that it was a very, very frustrating year for Draymond.

The three-time NBA champion missed 22 games with various ailments, yet picked up a league-high 14 technical fouls. He shot below 39 percent from the field and less than 28 percent from 3-point range.

But as noted before, yours truly forever will give Draymond a pass for what transpired. There wasn't much incentive at all for the three-time All-Star after Steph broke his hand Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns, as the Warriors had no chance of reaching the postseason.

The truth is that Draymond needed a break -- physically and mentally -- after averaging 37.7 minutes over 104 Golden State playoff games from 2015 to 2019.

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It's unclear why Perkins would expect the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year to produce big considering he didn't have Steph, Klay, KD, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston on the court with him.

"To everybody out there who want to talk s--t about this year -- I don't really give a f--k," Draymond said in April on the "All the Smoke" podcast. "In my opinion, I got better. I got better as a player, I got better as a person and a leader ... and that's gonna make me even better for next year.

"So, I appreciate everybody talking. I kind of needed them to relight that fire under my a--."

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Draymond definitely pays attention to what is being said about him, his teammates and the Warriors. He uses the noise as motivation when necessary.

Needless to say, the three-time All-Star wants to send a message to the doubters.

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