Though other NBA head coaches generally stick to basketball, Steve Kerr has emerged as a consistent voice in public discourse.
With the Warriors hosting LGBTQ Pride Night on Wednesday, Kerr stressed the importance of acceptance — especially given the current political climate.
“I’m proud to be a part of an organization and a region, an area, that really embraces diversity,” Kerr said during his pregame news conference at Oracle Arena. “I don’t think there has ever been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you regardless of race, creed, color, sexual preference, sexual identity.”
Golden State is believed to be the first defending NBA champion to host an LGBTQ Pride Night. During Pride month in June, 12 MLB teams hosted Pride Nights. Such occasions are far less frequent in the NBA.
The Warriors previously held an LGBT Pride Night in 2010, four months before a Joe Lacob-led ownership group purchased the franchise. Rick Welts, who in 2011 became the first prominent American sports executive to come out as gay, has served as Golden State’s