Bill Dwyre in the LAT on Steve Kerr, former NBA player, and now coach of the Golden State Warriors who will compete for the NBA title starting Thursday,

…When he is finished with his pro career, he has played in nearly 1,000 games and started only 30 of them. Yet, he has been part of five titles and everything about him says, and still does say, he is a winner.

But there is so much more.

And for those who don’t know the rest, or have forgotten, it is time to retell. Something as monumental as an NBA Finals series deserves that context.

He was not born on a surfboard in Southern California. Nor was basketball any sort of family priority, as in successful jock father urges son to follow that path.

Kerr was born Sept. 27, 1965, in Beirut. His father, Malcolm, was also born there. Malcolm’s parents joined a relief group in Turkey in 1919 and eventually moved to Lebanon, where they became teachers at American University of Beirut. To Malcolm, and his eventual wife, Ann Zwicker Kerr, whom he met in Beirut while she was an Occidental College junior studying abroad, Beirut was home.

The sunny beaches of Southern California became their temporary home when Malcolm, an internationally renowned author and expert on Arab affairs and politics, became chairman of the political science department at UCLA. That was from 1962 to 1982, but with numerous family trips back to the Middle East.

In 1982, Malcolm was offered his dream job — president of American University in Beirut. It was more than just a lofty job, signifying ultimate academic success.

It was dangerous…

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