On Sunday, Steve Kerr took the opportunity to troll Spicer, as the Warriors coach was talking about his amusing introduction before a game in Orlando. Kerr had been introduced as a “former Orlando Magic star,” an interesting designation, considering that his 15-year NBA career had included just a 47-game stint with the Magic, for whom he averaged 2.6 points in 9.4 minutes per game.
“Sean Spicer will be talking about my Magic career any second now,” Kerr told reporters with a smile after Golden State’s 118-98 win. “14,000 points. Greatest player in Magic history.”
Kerr’s jokes were spurred by a reporter’s question about his introduction. The coach had said, “I believe I was here [in Orlando] three months and I scored a total of 12 points. . . . I looked at [the PA announcer] and I said, ‘Star?’ and he said, ‘In my eyes you were, Steve.’”
At that point, a reference was made to Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway saying on a TV show earlier in the day that, rather than lying, Spicer had been offering “alternative facts.”
Kerr was asked, “Is that your alternative version of ‘alternative facts’?” He replied, “Yes, yes,” before making his crack about Spicer.
Kerr joined a large, and growing, number of people making light of Spicer’s insistence that, “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period — both in person and around the globe.” Plenty of online wags — including Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) — paid tribute to the new White House spokesman with their own ludicrous pronouncements.
While enjoying great success coaching the Warriors, Kerr has frequently been unafraid to voice his opinions on political and social topics, such as gun control, the medical usefulness of marijuana and Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests. He was among several NBA coaches and players who expressed concern, if not outright dismay, at the election of Trump.
“All of a sudden you’re faced with the reality that the man who’s gonna lead you has routinely used racist, misogynist, insulting words,” Kerr told reporters in November. “That’s a tough one. I wish him well. I hope he’s a good president. . . . But it’s tough when you want there to be some respect and dignity, and there hasn’t been any.”