The Golden State Warriors head coach is on the sidelines while recovering from back surgery. His absence has left assistant Mike Brown in charge for the first four games of the NBA Finals, guiding the team to a 3-0 series lead.
While Kerr has been on the sidelines, he’s been keeping an eye on his son Nick, a redshirt sophomore who transferred to Cal last summer and is now the Toreros’ starting point guard. Kerr is on the court a few nights a week to watch his dad coach, but he also uses free moments in practice to pepper Martin’s staff with questions about coaching philosophy.
Kerr’s son, who is a redshirt sophomore at California, scored the Toreros’ most points in a game last week against Pacific by burying four three-pointers in eight minutes. He’s averaging 13.5 points in 20 college games this season, making him one of the most versatile players in the conference.
As a child, Kerr lived in Lebanon, where his grandfather volunteered for Near East Relief after the Armenian genocide. He attended local schools before moving to Egypt for his undergraduate studies.
After college, Kerr played for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic. He won five NBA championships as a player and is currently a head coach for the Golden State Warriors.
Kerr has a deep interest in basketball, and he’s helped many players return from injury. Among his clients are Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, TJ Ford and Anderson Varejao. His practice specializes in the treatment of athletic injuries to the spine. He has performed microdiscectomy procedures on 43 professional athletes and is consulted on spinal problems by teams and agents from all over the country.