The Profile Dossier: Steve Kerr, the Player-Turned-Coach Who Used Basketball to Cope With Tragedy

"We all have to deal with tragedy at some point in our lives, but when it happens early in your life, it gives you better awareness of how fragile everything is."

Steve Kerr was a freshman in his Arizona University dorm room when he received the phone call that would change his life.

A family friend was calling in the middle of the night to tell Kerr that his father had been killed. His dad, Malcolm Kerr, had been the president of the American University in Beirut when he became the victim of a terrorist attack. H…

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