Any good coach leads, and leads well.
Even the casual basketball fan knows the Warriors have been at the top of the league in recent years, winning the 2014-15 NBA Championship, having star guard Stephen Curry win back-to-back MVP awards, and smashing a bazillion records along the way.
Any superstar team has to have its share of egos, though, and it is clear that the Warriors have a wild mix of personalities to contend with – from somewhat reserved Klay Thompson to very outspoken and emotional Draymond Green. All of that does not cohere by accident, but by design. It takes thought, deliberation, effort and exemplary leadership – from the top, down. And, now, on social issues, Kerr is leading by example once again.
The issue, of course, is the man featured on the cover of the latest issue of Time magazine: Colin Kaepernick.
In a tension-filled climate in which everyone has an opinion on whether Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest is right or wrong, patriotic or unpatriotic, disrespectful to the military or not – often expressed through the kinds of vitriolic either-or statements that come with entrenched beliefs – Steve Kerr has emerged as the measured voice of reason: