Warriors' Steve Kerr said George Floyd's death led to 'soul-searching'

Warriors' Steve Kerr said George Floyd's death led to 'soul-searching'

Steve Kerr hasn't been afraid to use his platform to speak his mind.

The Warriors coach has consistently criticized President Donald Trump. He has publicly pushed for what he thinks are desperately needed gun-control reforms. Kerr, a white coach in a predominantly black sport, has also repeatedly spoken out against racism and police brutality toward African Americans, including in the wake of George Floyd's death in the custody of Minneapolis police earlier this week.

Kerr also thinks he and other white people can do more to advance racial equality.

"[Even] though I've tried, I haven't done enough and I don't think any of us have done enough," Kerr told 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" on Friday afternoon. "When I say us, I mean white people. We haven't done enough. It's just the truth. If we had, this sort of thing wouldn't be happening."

Bystanders in Minneapolis recorded video of former officer Derek Chauvin, a white man, kneeling on Floyd's neck for approximately eight minutes as the 46-year-old African American man pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Chauvin and three other officers at the scene were fired Tuesday, and Chauvin was arrested Friday on charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder. Charging documents alleged that Chauvin's knee remained on Floyd's neck for nearly three minutes while Floyd was unresponsive, though a preliminary autopsy determined there were “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

Floyd's death set off protests in the Twin Cities beginning Tuesday. Protesters demonstrated nationwide Friday, including in San Jose and Oakland. Athletes with ties to the Bay Area, including Floyd's longtime friend and former Warrior Stephen Jackson as well as ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have spoken out in recent days. Jackson, in particular, called on white people to join the voices advocating for social justice and racial equality.

Kerr noted Kaepernick tried to bring attention to situations like Floyd's with his peaceful protest during the 2016 NFL season, but he said the QB "basically got shut down" for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since becoming a free agent in 2017, while a Rutgers University study published last year found African American men and boys are nearly 2.5 times more likely to die in an encounter with police than white men and boys.

"I guess I'm saying it's not enough to sign a petition, or send a tweet or make a statement," Kerr said of himself and other white people. "We have to actually do something. There's got to be a call to action, and then we need a list of things to check off, and we need to do them collectively and demand that those things be done. It's embarassing and humiliating that we're still in this place, and it's tough to reconcile all this stuff."

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Kerr told the hosts he will rely on his friends who are involved in race relations and community organizing to learn how he can help. After a lot of "soul-searching" this week, Kerr said there is more work to be done.

"There's so many things that have to happen in order for the African American community to gain the racial equality, the social justice that they deserve," he said in the interview. "And it matters because we're all Americans, and we're all together and what happens to one person affects what happens to the next person, and so on. It's been really demoralizing to feel the divide that exists in the country, and especially when that divide is exacerbated by our President on a daily basis, on an hourly basis. I'm frustrated, I'm humiliated, but I'm also determined to try to do more."

2020 NBA mock draft 11.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

2020 NBA mock draft 11.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

It’s mock draft time!

The NBA restart  is almost upon us, which means soon we’ll have final standings by mid-August, followed by a draft lottery order.  
Teams have been working on draft strategies and doing the best they can to evaluate talent without getting their hands on players in the flesh. Working around the coronavirus pandemic is making this year the strangest draft seasons in NBA history. 

To add a more realistic spin to the mock, we’ve turned to the draft simulator on Tankathon.com to randomize the lottery order. Here is a look at NBC Sports California’s 2020 Mock Draft 11.0. Wizards, you’re on the clock.

View NBC Sports Bay Area's Mock Draft 11.0 here

Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure couldn't have worked out much better, as the talented wing was an integral part of three championship-winning teams and won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.

The 36-year-old was traded to Memphis last offseason, but Iguodala eventually found himself in Miami after a deadline deal with the Heat.

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about Iguodala's impact on the organization during his first five months with the Heat, and the two-time champion's answer spoke volumes about how Iguodala's perception in the NBA has been shaped by his time with the Warriors.

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He wasn't an original member of the Warriors' roster, but his acquisition helped mark a turning point that saw the Warriors go from a middle-of-the-pack Western Conference team to a bona fide NBA Finals contender year in and year out. Unselfishness and versatility enabled Iguodala to captain the Warriors' second unit into one of the league's best, while simultaneously bringing valuable clutch minutes night in and night out alongside the Splash Brothers and Draymond Green when the game was on the line.

"You can talk about it in sports, how I came in as a rookie, kind of paid my dues," Iguodala said to Forbes Magazine about his background in leadership. "Kind of like being an intern, you just work your way through the ranks, doing it the right way, having the respect for anyone, whether someone is above you or below you, just having that human level of respect.

"I think the main thing in leadership is trying to get the most out of those beneath you, seeing their potential and helping them maximize their potential, finding out who they are as a person, finding out what makes them tick."

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Even when NBA stars like Kevin Durant joined the fold in Golden State (at Iguodala's position no less), they took lessons to heart from competing every day with him.

"I learned a lot from watching guys like Andre Iguodala -- how he used his hands in the paint when guys were going up to shoot," KD said on a recent Instagram Live.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn't come away empty-handed from the Iguodala transaction, as Golden State wound up with a valuable $17.2 million trade exception. This leaves the Warriors with a chance to add a solid contributor in a trade this offseason.

Golden State showered Iguodala with love when he returned to Chase Center this season with the Heat, and he'll forever be an iconic figure in Warriors lore.