SAN FRANCISCO-Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has cleared health and safety protocols. He rejoined the Warriors on Sunday as they began preparations for the Western Conference finals.
Kerr tested positive for COVID-19 just two hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, putting associate head coach Mike Brown in the head-coaching seat for the last three games of the series.
Kerr called Brown to the Chase Center before Game 4 on May 9, telling Brown he was not feeling well and that he needed to get inside. Thirty minutes later, he registered a positive test.
Kerr said he experienced minor symptoms before taking a test. Several internal cases prompted Kerr to take a trial.
“I feel like if I pass it on to the team, I can’t forgive myself,” Kerr said.
“It’s not easy to sit at home and watch, but the symptoms aren’t so bad and it’s just kind of my turn. It seems like over the years almost everyone on our coach and team staff has had it on a point. That’s my turn. Luckily, it’s not bad. “
But Kerr said his case was relatively mild, saying he had a cough and some wheezing.
While he was on league protocols, Kerr maintained constant communication with his team, attending all coaches meetings by phone, talking to his players in a video conference, and having many conversations and ongoing texts with Brown throughout the day.
Brown said any decision he made during Kerr’s absence was driven by Kerr, but Kerr had a clear message for Brown as he led the team: “Follow your gut.”
“Mike is amazing,” Kerr said. “The whole staff is great. For Mike, especially, it’s a hard place to be, especially since he was recently hired in Sacramento. And the rest of the staff. They’re great … Mike has made a wonderful work. “
Kerr was back with 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 the Dallas Mavericks or the Phoenix Suns, who play in Game 7 on Sunday night.