Day in the Life of a GM: Philosophy Towards the Job



Kerr says that his playing days help him keep an even keel as a GM.
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Since the advent of fantasy basketball, everybody believes that they can be a GM. Most fans have visions of a man maniacally working deals on the phone and using a staff of MIT grads to crack stats. So in order to dispel all (most) the myths, Suns President of Basketball Operations and GM Steve Kerr told Suns.com what his days are like. [Read more...]

Day in the Life of a GM: Legal, Financial & Downtime



Kerr says understanding the CBA is integral to a team’s success.
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Since the advent of fantasy basketball, everybody believes that they can be a GM. Most fans have visions of a man maniacally working deals on the phone and using a staff of MIT grads to crack stats. So in order to dispel all (most) the myths, Suns President of Basketball Operations and GM Steve Kerr told Suns.com what his days are like. [Read more...]

Day in the Life of a GM: Scouting, On the Road & Stats



Kerr spends a lot of time scouting opposing teams and players such as the Warriors’ Stephen Curry.
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Since the advent of fantasy basketball, everybody believes that they can be a GM. Most fans have visions of a man maniacally working deals on the phone and using a staff of MIT grads to crack stats. So in order to dispel all (most) the myths, Suns President of Basketball Operations and GM Steve Kerr told Suns.com what his days are like. [Read more...]

Day in the Life of a GM: Communication



When Kerr became a GM, he sought out the advice of Gregg Popovich.
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Since the advent of fantasy basketball, everybody believes that they can be a GM. Most fans have visions of a man maniacally working deals on the phone and using a staff of MIT grads to crack stats. So in order to dispel all (most) the myths, Suns President of Basketball Operations and GM Steve Kerr told Suns.com what his days are like. [Read more...]

Day in the Life of a GM: At the Office



Kerr and Gentry are always bouncing ideas off each other.
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Since the advent of fantasy basketball, everybody believes that they can be a GM. Most fans have visions of a man maniacally working deals on the phone and using a staff of MIT grads to crack stats. So in order to dispel all (most) the myths, Suns President of Basketball Operations and GM Steve Kerr told Suns.com what his days are like. [Read more...]

Stories from the Hall of Fame Inductions

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If you love basketball and you haven’t been to the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, you need to go at some point. It was remodeled five or six years ago and it is really beautiful. There’s a great collection of memorabilia and plaques honoring all of the inductees, including our own Ann Meyers Drysdale and Jerry Colangelo. When you walk in, you truly feel like you’re in the Mecca of basketball.

Last week, I made my second visit to the Hall for the induction ceremonies – my first trip was two years ago to see Al McCoy honored for his work in broadcasting. This time I went to support a couple of former teammates, Michael Jordan and David Robinson, along with two others who have had a huge impact on my life – Doug Collins and Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr, the former Suns’ coach. [Read more...]

Steve Kerr Discusses Suns' Summer

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With summer league behind us and our roster close to being finalized, I thought this would be a good time to fill you in on what has been a very productive, busy off season for our team.

Our goals heading into next year were to add young talent, create financial flexibility and become more mobile along the front line.  With our roster beginning to age and a clear need to make improvements defensively, we felt it was important to begin to make a transition of sorts.  At the same time, we didn’t want to blow up the team and start from scratch.  After all, we’re still very talented and we won 46 games during an adversity filled season last year.   We know there’s still plenty of potential with our team.

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Kerr Checks In From Treviso

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Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr checks in with Suns.com about his travels in Europe. Check back throughout the week for more updates.

The Reebok camp in Treviso is a great way to see the top European talent in an intimate setting over a 3 day period.  There are several non Euro players here as well – Patty Mills from St. Mary’s being the most renowned – so the camp does seem to broadening in a global sense.  Patrick Beverly and Terence Oglesby are both here – Beverly played at Arkansas and Oglesby at Clemson – so we’re even seeing American college players use the camp as an opportunity to be seen.

The camp also features outstanding coaching, with both American and European coaches running clinics and drills.  Some of the names you’d recognize are Bob Hurley, Fran Fraschilla, and Jack Sikma.

There are drills in the morning and 5 on 5 games in the late afternoons and evenings.  It’s great to see players play 3 or 4 games in just a few days.  You get an all encompassing view of a player’s game and personality that would normally take months of scouting to compile.

We need to make the NBA Combine more like the Reebok camp – 5 on 5 games, real basketball games, real officiating.  It’s much better than the 3 on 3 team workouts we’re conducting right now to prepare for the draft.  We could learn a thing or two from these guys over here!

Fan Q&A with Steve Kerr

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Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr took some time over the past few days to answer questions fans have sent in.  Check out the questions and Kerr’s answers below.

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Secrets of the Shootout

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Steve Kerr participated in four shootouts and won the three-point title in 1997.

When I think back to the 1995 All Star Weeked — the last time it was held in Phoenix — I am haunted by one of the worst shots I ever took in my career.  I participated in the 3 point contest that year, and on the first rack from the corner, I shot a ball off the side of the backboard.  I heard the crowd gasp — or maybe laugh, I can’t remember — but I never recovered and failed to advance past the first round.  If my memory is correct, Glenn Rice went onto beat Reggie Miller in the finals.

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