Steve Kerr Talks Soccer on ‘Men in Blazers’
Episode Airs This Sunday at Noon (Pacific) on NBC Sports Network
Steve Kerr may be focussed on basketball most of the time, but did you know that in his free time he watches Premier League soccer?
The Warriors’ head coach recently sat down with Roger Bennett from the show “Men in Blazers” to discuss his admiration of the sport, and specifically the Premier League. From watching his favorite team Liverpool take down Barcelona 4-0 in the Champions League 2019 semifinals in the midst of a NBA Playoff series to how the unexpected loss of his father shaped his life and career, Kerr covers an array of topics in the half hour special.
Kerr has a documented history of his love for soccer and some associated personalities: he tweeted the Liverpool mantra “You’ll Never Walk Alone” after Liverpool’s win over Barcelona on May 7, and then used a NSFW quote from Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp after the Warriors’ Game 5 win in the Western Conference Semifinals on May 8.
Though clearly enjoying his emotional connection with the team and Klopp, Kerr’s involvement in soccer only began recently and because of one reason: “I randomly (or not-so-randomly) picked them because of one player. But it was, like, oh my god, there’s all this other stuff that’s so awesome to follow.”
That player is Liverpool’s striker Mo Salah. Salah is from Egypt where Kerr lived for three years. “I have a soft spot in my heart for the country," Kerr said.
But Salah’s journey caught Kerr’s attention as well: "So then I started reading more about Mo Salah. And the guy's incredible. He stood up to the Egyptian soccer federation. He said, 'no, you've gotta take care of our team. You've gotta do this the right way or I'm not playing'. And that's no small feat in Egypt."
Watch the full interview this Sunday at noon on NBC Sports Network, following the conclusion of the Liverpool - Manchester City match.
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