Steve Kerr, like many Americans sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic, is trying out a new look.
The Warriors coach unveiled a quarantine beard during an Instagram Live Q&A with Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., on Wednesday.
"Well, I've lost my razor blade during the quarantine," Kerr quipped to the Congressman.
Chances are you think of Kerr as clean-shaven whenever you picture him, whether on the Warriors' sideline or draining 3-pointers alongside Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls. This isn't Kerr's first experiment with facial hair, however.
Kerr divulged to David Aldridge, then with NBA.com, in 2012 that he struggled with confidence during his time with the San Antonio Spurs. When Kerr was feeling especially low one season, he decided to grow a goatee.
"It sounds crazy, but I grew a goatee," Kerr said at the time (H/T Eric Freeman). "I wrote the letters F.I. on my shoes, for [f--k] it. I went out there and said I'm going to shoot every time. I probably wasn't as confident as other guys. A guy like Jordan, I don't think he ever had a problem with something like that. Most mortals, you've got to train your mind just like you train your body."
I thought Kerr's full beard made him look like a San Diegan Santa Claus or someone who tells teenagers he's a "cool grandpa," but SB Nation's Brady Klopfer pointed out Kerr's uncanny resemblance to Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown.
steve kerr is using the quarantine to slowly morph into brett brown pic.twitter.com/JQg0wQcoOI— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) May 14, 2020
Brown worked on Gregg Popovich's staff with the Spurs during Kerr's final season in San Antonio, so perhaps it's a nod to a former colleague. Regardless, Kerr doesn't seem to trust the process of shaving right now.
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