Kerr, Chapman have running 'politically charged' text thread


Steve Kerr and Rex Chapman do not sit on the sidelines when it comes to politics.

They speak out on issues they are passionate about, and want to help enact meaningful change in America.

Chapman -- the No. 8 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft -- and the Warriors coach communicate frequently, and their exchanges aren't centered around what's going on in the NBA.

"We have a running text conversation, and most of it is pretty politically charged," Chapman said this week to NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast. "We'll talk some basketball and stuff, but for the last few months it's been more along the lines of what's going on in the country.

"It's good to have those friends because when you're out there taking shots publicly ... yes, I do take blowback. But I get so much of the other stuff as well. And probably more.

"It's the more hurtful stuff sticks around a little longer, right? (laughter). But if you're gonna get your feelings hurt, you better not do this stuff."

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Speaking of "taking shots publicly" and "blowback," President Donald Trump during a press conference in October 2019 called out Kerr for the eight-time NBA champion's comments related to the league's relationship with China.


Kerr in August admitted that he regrets how he handled the situation, and wishes he responded differently. Chapman's comments make one wonder if he and Kerr have discussed how that entire back-and-forth played out.

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