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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."

Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

When Stephen Curry's career is all said and done, there's a good chance many of the current younger generations of NBA fans will include him in their all-time starting five. They have seen the game evolve in front of their very own eyes, and no player was more responsible for that transition than the greatest shooter ever.

But Curry's career isn't over yet. Not even close. And as things currently stand, even he wouldn't include himself in his all-time starting five.

On the most recent episode of Showtime's "All the Smoke" with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Curry was asked which five players he would nominate for that lofty designation, and it's pretty tough to disagree with his selections.

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal? Safe to say that squad would be tough to beat. Of course, if there's one thing that the five-man unit is lacking, it's probably a lack of perimeter shooting. Maybe that's how Curry eventually fits in.

It's worth noting that Curry didn't include LeBron James on his list. Of course, if reported rivalries are to be believed, perhaps that explains the omission. Same goes for Kevin Durant, who recently left Curry out of his top-six hardest players to guard in the league. Are these sour grapes being thrown back and forth?

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It's certainly possible in the modern NBA, but a far more likely explanation is that James and Durant, like Curry, aren't finished yet.

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jacob Evans has held out hope for improvement for much of the season. For the time being, he'll try to reach the goal in the G League.

The Warriors guard's latest odyssey to Santa Cruz is expected to last until Sunday, providing Evans an opportunity to get more on-court time during an injury-plagued season. 

"This will give him a chance to play bigger minutes," Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "To develop a rhythm."

With the demotion, Evans will miss Friday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers in San Francisco. Instead, he will play Friday evening against the Wisconsin Herd at Kaiser Permanente Arena and Sunday's matchup against the South Bay Lakers. He'll then rejoin the Warriors on the team's upcoming five-game road trip, which starts Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Evans' second season in the NBA has been marred by injury.  A week into the season, he strained his left adductor, costing him 21 games. Last week, he missed three more games after suffering a concussion. All the while, he's shooting just 31 percent from the field and has been supplanted in the rotation by rookie Jordan Poole.

"These last few weeks have been tough, even before injury," Kerr said. He hasn't really been able to get himself going, we haven't been able to help him get going. We feel like this is a perfect time for him to get some playing time."

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Evans was drafted in 2018 for his defensive acumen. He's struggled to find offensive success this season, averaging just four points despite averaging 10 more minutes per game. However, Kerr remains confident in Evans' long-term development. 

"He's a big, strong, smart defender. He's picked up a lot in his year and a half in the league," Kerr said. "So he's a guy I can trust and count on defensively. But like everybody in this disjointed season, it's been tough for him to find a niche."