An old video resurfaced on Reddit this week of Warriors coach Steve Kerr rapping in college — and boy, is it a treat.
The video, made in 1988, is a “Super Bowl Shuffle” type ode to the Arizona basketball team. Among the players featured are Kerr, Sean Elliott, Tom Tolbert and Anthony Cook. None of these men are good at “rapping.”
The song starts off: “W! I! L! D! Cats! We’re wild about the cats!”
With their team name thus established, the song moves to each player in turn. Kerr’s verse, delivered with great enthusiasm at the 2:00 mark, goes for factual accuracy over flowery metaphors.
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“Give Kerr the ball, give Kerr a hand,” he raps. “I’ll drill it in from three-point land.”
The laughter of his teammates is not edited out, which adds a fun touch of chemistry to the whole thing.
The worst verse undoubtedly comes from Tolbert, who Bay Area sports fans know best as a sports radio host on KNBR.
“When Tolbert plays, he plays to win,” he intones. “I put it up. And it goes in.”
There is also the legally mandated anti-drug PSA portion of any 1980s group rap: “Ask anyone and you will find. We don’t do drugs. It wrecks your mind.”
After graduating from Arizona in 1988, Kerr decided to forego a career in the music industry and is now a five-time NBA champion as a player and a three-time champ as a coach.
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