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Kerr honors Doc Rivers with unprompted, heartfelt message

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Steve Kerr covered a wide range of topics during his media availability with reporters Wednesday afternoon.

And immediately after he finished talking about the strange times we currently are living in, the Warriors coach didn't wait for another question.

"The other thing I want to mention -- I know this is unprompted -- but the Doc Rivers news the other day hit me," Kerr said. "I never really comment too much on what a team does because there's always so much behind the scenes that we don't know about.

"I just want to speak from the heart and talk about how much Doc means to the league and to his fellow coaches and to the players in the league. His voice is so crucial with the current social movement. His words have been so powerful, his leadership has been so strong and important.

"I want to just thank Doc. Hopefully he'll back coaching, if that's what he wants to do. But I want to thank him for his leadership within the league during his many years of coaching. He's been amazing.

"That news hit all of us hard. Our coaching staff -- it felt like a gut punch."

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This really was a nice gesture from Kerr, as you could feel the authenticity in his words.

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Rivers -- who reportedly had two years left on his contract -- and the Clippers mutually agreed to part ways Monday, less than two weeks after an embarrassing Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals. He had been with the franchise since the 2013-14 season.

 

Rivers was a guest on Kerr's "Flying Coach" podcast back in mid-June. If you haven't listened to that episode yet, I highly recommend you add it to your to-do list.

The 1999-2000 NBA Coach of the Year might not be unemployed for long, as he is meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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