Steve Kerr offers condolences for family of late ‘friend’ Peter Magowan

INDIANAPOLIS — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr opened his shoot-around media availability Monday afternoon by offering condolences to the family of long-time Giants owner Peter Magowan, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

“He actually became a friend,” Kerr said of Magowan. “I met him when I moved to the Bay a few years ago. I spent an evening with him about a month ago with his wife, Debby. Just an unbelievably nice, generous, thoughtful human being. I was really shocked and saddened with the news last night, so I want to extend my best wishes and our organization’s best wishes to the Magowan family.”

Magowan formed the ownership group that bought the Giants for $100 million from Bob Lurie in December 1992 to keep the team from moving to Tampa Bay. Before he even formally completed the purchase of the team, Magowan signed Barry Bonds to a six-year, $43.5 million free agent deal.

Magowan stepped down as owner after the 2008 season, but his leadership was instrumental in putting the right pieces in place. The Giants brought San Francisco its first World Series title in 2010, followed by championships in 2012 and 2014.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @Con_Chron

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