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Kerr is the son of an American ambassador; as such, he spent much of his childhood travelling around the world. One day in September of 1984, he saw his life drastically change when his father, who was then serving as president of the American University of Beirut, was murdered by Islamic militants in Lebanon.
Kerr was about to start playing basketball on the Arizona basketball program. His college career there started in November, two months after his father's death. Kerr helped the Wildcats reach the Final Four tournament in 1988.
Kerr was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 1988 NBA draft, but then he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1989. He spent three years there, and then, he played one season with the Orlando Magic. In 1993, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls. The 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 Bulls reached the playoffs, but, without Michael Jordan's presence for all of 1994 and much of 1995, they could not win championships. However, with Jordan back full time for the 1995-1996 season, the Bulls went 72-10 and defeated the Seattle SuperSonics for the world championship, allowing Kerr to be a part of a team that set a record for the most wins in a season, and to start his run of four NBA world championships in a row.
After the Bulls reached the 1996-1997 finals against the Utah Jazz, Kerr made the shot that gave the Bulls the win over the Jazz in Game 6, making them back-to-back world champions. The Bulls repeated their victory over the Jazz in the 1997-1998 finals, after which Kerr was traded to the San Antonio Spurs.
Kerr, considered by autograph experts to be a good autograph signer for fans, ended his career as a bench player who could help the team by making three-point shots or jump shots during the game's most important stretches. He remained a key substitute for the Spurs until his retirement.
In the 2003 Playoffs, Kerr made some key contributions in Game Six of the Spurs Western Conference Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks, including an important three-point shot that helped the Spurs win the game and eliminate the Mavericks. The Spurs eventually won the world title by beating the New Jersey Nets that year, with help from Kerr, David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Emanuel Ginobili, among others.
His career totals are: 5,437 points for six points per game, 1,060 rebounds for a total of 1.2 rebounds per game, and 1,658 assists per game, for an average of 1.8 assists per game. He also retired as the league's all-time leader in three-point shooting percentage for a season (.524 in 1994-95) and a career (.454).
Steve Kerr went to Palisades High School (now Palisades Charter High School) in Pacific Palisades, California.
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