Steve Kerr has been at the forefront of the NBA's response to social justice issues, and the Warriors coach never has been afraid to speak his mind about political affairs in the United States and all over the world.
Damion Lee spoke to the media after Saturday's practice, and explained why he and his Warriors teammates are so appreciative of Kerr being behind them so strongly over the past few years.
"It's huge, obviously he backs us in every facet and every form which we try to bring light to the injustices and social issues that are going on," Lee said to the media over Zoom. "Obviously, you guys know coach's story, so, what he's gone through in his past, these issues are near and dear to his heart. He's always going to be on the forefront, and he's always going to fight for what's right, what's the good of the heart and what's right in people. So I applaud coach and I love him for that."
Lee also emphasized that there remains plenty of work to be done for himself and the rest of the NBA's players.
"For all the guys that are out here, not even just around the team but around the league, we have to continue to keep going, we have to keep going and keep pushing and keep bringing light to things and just continue to keep doing that, because we have very powerful voices and our voices need to be heard," Lee added.
After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol disrupting the certification of Joe Biden's election as President, Kerr delivered a powerful message a few hours prior to the Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I started the day thinking about how we were going to guard Lou Williams without fouling him and suddenly, that didn't seem quite as important when I turned the TV on as shootaround was beginning," Kerr told the media via a Zoom video call. "Just a bizarre scene, but a pretty clear reminder that the truth matters. We've been talking about this for years. The truth matters in our country and anywhere, in any circumstance because of the repercussions if we allow lies to spread. And if we enable people in power to lie, you all of a sudden have millions of people who are doubting an election that was certified in every state.
"We have seven to eight million more people vote for Biden than for Trump. Every state has certified those results. Every court appeal has been turned down. A legitimate election is suddenly questioned by millions of people, including many of the people who are leading our country in government, because we've decided over the last few years, to allow lies to be told. So, this is who we are. You reap what you sow."
Kerr has marched right alongside his players in protests against gun violence and other racial issues, and has sparred with President Donald Trump numerous times over social media since his election in 2016.
The Warriors understand their platform as an organization, and Kerr taking a leadership role in representing the organization in fighting against injustices clearly hasn't gone unnoticed by his players and those around the league.