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Steve Kerr sends heartfelt message one year after Parkland mass shooting

Steve Kerr sends heartfelt message one year after Parkland mass shooting

Steve Kerr is much more than a basketball coach. The man who leads the Warriors has been a leader in speaking out on America's constant issue with gun violence. 

After the Warriors' loss to the Blazers on Wednesday night in Portland, Kerr reflected on the issue once again. One year ago, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2018, 14 children died in a mass shooting a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

Here's Kerr's message to the young activists fighting for better gun laws in our country:

Kerr participated in March For Our Lives last year, a grass-roots demonstration in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting. Less than two weeks before the march, he addressed a town hall in Newark, where he said: “There are many things to debate, but kids getting murdered...that’s not up for debate.”

In 1984 Kerr's father, Malcolm, was assassinated by a gunman while serving as President at the American University of Beirut. 

“When my dad died, I was 18. I was still, relatively, a kid, just beginning to grow up. And it shaped the way I thought about the world," Kerr said to NBC Sports Bay Area. "It disillusioned me in many ways. And everything that’s happened since, I’ve always had the big-picture, global perspective in mind.”

As the Warriors continue their run for a three-peat, the man who leads the team sitting on the bench will continue standing up for what's more important in life.

Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors haven't done much winning lately at Chase Center. On Tuesday, they'll hope to break the trend against the Kings.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. PT with tipoff scheduled for 7:30. Kings coverage begins on NBC Sports California at 7 p.m.

The Warriors have lost six straight games entering Tuesday's matchup, including their last six at Chase Center. In their last matchup against the Kings, the Warriors put together their worst performance of the season, losing by 21 points in a game where both teams committed a combined 57 turnovers on the evening. 

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The contest comes one day after Kobe Bryant's memorial, which was attended by many members of both clubs, including Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kings coach Luke Walton. 

Tuesday's game is the latest tune-up before Curry returns to the lineup. Curry reportedly will return against the Washington Wizards on March 1.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Andrew Wiggins
F Draymond Green
C Kevon Looney
G Damion Lee
G Jordan Poole

Kings
F Harrison Barnes
F Nemanja Bjelica
C Harry Giles
G Bogdan Bogdanovic
G De'Aaron Fox

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: Draymond Green (Right Pelvic Contusion), Marquese Chriss (Left calf soreness) are questionable. Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation), Steph Curry (left-hand fracture) are out. 

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (Left Foot Soreness), Richaun Holmes (Right Shoulder Soreness) are out. 

ROTATION

Warriors: Andrew Wiggins struggled in Sunday's loss, shooting just 3-of-16 from the field. New 10-day player Dragan Bender also struggled, finishing 2-of-8  from the field in 20 minutes. However, Oakland-native Juan Toscano-Anderson scored a career-high 16 points on Sunday.

Toscano-Anderson is coming along nicely since signing for the rest of the season, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his first five games. The Warriors have used 28 starting lineups, which is the most since the 2009-10 season. 

[RELATED: Chriss explains why he only wanted to play for the Warriors]

Kings: Former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has vowed to not cut his hair until Sacramento gets back to .500. At the moment, the Kings are making a good case for Barnes to visit a barbershop, winning six of their last nine games. De'Aaron Fox has played great since returning from an ankle injury, averaging 21.4 points, 7.3 assists and four rebounds over his last 24 games. 

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), Ben Taylor (#46), Leon Wood (#40)

NBA rumors: Warriors' Steph Curry to return March 1 against Wizards

NBA rumors: Warriors' Steph Curry to return March 1 against Wizards

The guessing game finally is over.

Warriors supertar Steph Curry will make his return to game action this Sunday against the Washington Wizards, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The two-time NBA MVP broke his left hand Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns.

He underwent surgery Nov. 1, and had a second procedure in early December to have pins removed.

The three-time NBA champion still is dealing with some nerve damage.

"I'm getting used to what a new normal is," Curry told reporters Saturday after practice. "It definitely feels different than then right but you try to get to a point to when you're actually playing basketball, you don't think about it.

"Whether it feels all the way the same or not, that really doesn't matter. it's just as long as I'm not worried about the things I have to do, the strength part of it and how it bounces back the next day after pushing it."  

[RELATED: MJ's meme joke at Kobe's memorial makes Steph laugh hard]

It's unclear if Curry will be on any sort of minutes restriction, or if he will play in every remaining game.

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