NBA Finals' Rookie Coaches: Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr and Cleveland Cavaliers' David Blatt

A pair of rookie coaches meet in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1947.

Almost a year ago, when they were considering coaching together on the same team, the two probably would never have guessed their opposing teams would be tied 1-1 in the NBA Finals.

At the time, Kerr was a freshman and star player at the University of Arizona. Kerr, his three siblings and mother took legal action against the Iranian government under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which his sister, the scholar Susan Kerr van de Ven, detailed in her 2008 book, "One Family's Response to Terrorism: A Daughter's Memoir."

Kerr van de Ven wrote that the news of his father's death "struck my brother Steve with such force as to push him wildly onto the streets of Tucson, Arizona, where he could not stop running in the aftermath of his middle-of-the-night phone call."

As fate would have it, Kerr and Blatt had a conversation last June at Los Angeles International Airport to consider whether Blatt would join the Warriors as an assistant coach.

“My God, this guy is perfect for me," Kerr told the sports agent Mark Bartelstein, the Times reported. "I’m hiring him for sure.”