Kerr clears league protocols and joins Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has approved health and safety protocols. He joined the Warriors on Sunday as they began to prepare for the Western Conference Finals.

Kerr tested positive for COVID-19 just two hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals, pushing associate head coach Mike Brown into the head coaching seat for the final three games of the series.

Kerr called Brown on his way to Chase Center before Game 4 on May 9, telling Brown he was not feeling well and might need to intervene. Just 30 minutes later, he recorded a positive test.

Kerr said he experienced minor symptoms before taking a test. A few cases internally prompted Kerr to take a test.

“I felt if I passed that on to the team, I would never forgive myself,” Kerr said.

“It’s not easy to sit at home and watch, but the symptoms weren’t bad at all and it was just a little bit my turn. It seems like in the last couple of years pretty much everyone in our coaching staff and our team got him at some point. So it was just my turn. Luckily it wasn’t that bad.

But Kerr said his case was mostly mild, saying he had a cough and some congestion.

While in league protocol, Kerr remained in constant communication with his team, attending all coaching meetings by phone, speaking to his players on a video conference call, and having multiple conversations and discussions. continuous texts with Brown throughout the day.

Brown said any decisions he made during Kerr’s absence were led by Kerr, but Kerr had a clear message for Brown as he led the team: “Follow your instincts.”

“Mike was fantastic,” Kerr said. “All the staff were great. For Mike in particular, what a tough situation to put in, especially since he had just been hired by Sacramento. He had a lot to do…it put a lot of pressure on Mike. and the rest of the staff. They were great…Mike did a phenomenal job.”

Kerr joins the Warriors three days before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and the day they find out who they will face in the series. They will face either the Dallas Mavericks or the Phoenix Suns, who play Game 7 on Sunday night.

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