Steve Kerr: A Life

Morrow. Jun. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780063001275. $28.99. SPORTS
In this riveting biography, veteran basketball writer Howard-Cooper recounts the life of Steve Kerr, head coach of NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Fans of Kerr and the Warriors may already be familiar with key moments in the coach’s life: his father’s political assassination in Lebanon; scorching the nets as a lightly recruited Arizona Wildcats player; and drifting in the NBA for five seasons before finding success with the Chicago Bulls during its era as the Michael Jordan–led juggernaut. Kerr’s time with the Bulls comes alive in the author’s telling, especially the moment Kerr hit the shot that won the 1997 NBA championship. Kerr’s time as popular commentator and coach is also deftly recounted here; he won three NBA titles as head coach for the Warriors after returning to the sport in 2014, and has had to navigate the challenges of leading a team decimated by injuries and free agency during the past two abbreviated seasons.
VERDICT Despite a rather abrupt conclusion, this engaging biography is a must-read for basketball fans. Howard-Cooper tells the story of a player who, with luck, pluck, and smarts, has evolved into a top-tier coach and political activist.
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