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Warriors off-court action: Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant recognizing leadership

Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant respond to the Trump-related events of the week with inspiration, emoji and profanity, respectively.

Memorial Held In Charlottesville For Heather Heyer, Victim Of Car Ramming Incident During Protest After White Supremacists' Rally
Mia Jones displays a “NO H8” message on her hands at a memorial service on August 16, 2017 for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed by a white supremacist terrorist following a rally in Charlottesville, VA.
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Nary a person can argue that Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr doesn’t know a thing or two about leadership.

With the Chicago Bulls, Kerr won three NBA championships (1996-98). During the 1995-96 season, the Bulls set the 72-10 regular season-win record — which would only be dethroned decades later by the Golden State Warriors during the 2015-16 season, with Kerr serving as head coach. (Kerr went on to pick up two more NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 and 2003.)

Where Steve Kerr goes, success follows — a direct result of his unique leadership style, which appears to be based on humility and respect.

Kerr convinces players to buy into his philosophies — not with shouting and degradation, but with inspiration, motivation and example. The Zen coach demonstrates with his words and actions that respect can only be earned (never demanded). Golden State players hold Kerr in high regard, perhaps because he approaches his position of leadership with humility and respect for each man on the team.

For these reasons, Kerr, who sometimes doubles as an ever-outspoken justice-seeker, is the perfect person to identify strong leadership when he sees it and place it onto the paths of those disheartened by the current state of national affairs.

With a single tweet, Kerr praised New Orleans Mayer Mitch Landrieu for his exquisite leadership during this very bleak time in the nation’s history. In doing so, Kerr also exhibited his own — leading the masses to Landrieu’s urgent, necessary speech, which has commanded little mainstream-media attention due to ever-evolving chaos in the White House dominating news cycles.

Curry applauds Under Armour boss

It looks like Stephen Curry has learned a lot from teammate, Andre Iguodala. Earlier this week, the star guard employed a cryptic, Iguodalian style of tweeting to deliver an important message.

According to Tim Bontemps, National NBA Writer for The Washington Post, Curry used emoji to rejoice Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s decision to step down from one of Donald Trump’s business councils in protest against comments the embattled president made that seemed to show a soft spot for members of the neo-Nazi, KKK and white nationalist groups that rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to many.

A member of one of those hate groups drove his car into a crowd, resulting in the deaths of Heather Heyer, a counter protester, and two state troops observing the demonstrations from the sky, when their helicopter crashed.

Via Twitter, Plank stated that he wanted to focus on “inspiring & uniting through the power of sport.” The official Under Armour statement specified that the brand “engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”

Many of the executives who resigned from Trump’s councils, however, stepped down for reasons they consider moral rather than political, and Curry’s stance on the Trump presidency appears to be a moral one also.

Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, Curry expressed displeasure with Plank’s praise of the new president, who Curry apparently viewed as an “ass” hellbent on fostering hate against specific groups. Plank subsequently clarified his statements to Curry’s satisfaction, but the shoe company’s top endorser still said he would be willing to part with Under Armour in a minute if he ever came to believe the company’s values did not align with his own.

Happy Kevin Durant Day!

It’s Kevin Durant Day in Prince George’s County, Maryland!

To celebrate, Durant carried his first-ever NBA Championship trophy back to his hometown, where it all started. When asked his thoughts about LeBron James’s recent condemnation of Donald Trump, Durant had some choice words, as first reported by TMZ.

Congratulations, Stephen A. Smith! Durant has tossed you a bone to chew for the rest of the summer.

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