Steve Kerr clears protocols, back with Warriors


Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has exited the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and will be available to coach the club for the Western Conference Finals, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Kerr had entered the NBA’s coronavirus protocols ahead of Game 4 in Golden State’s Conference Semifinals series against the Grizzlies. Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown, who will depart the Golden State bench to become the head coach of the Kings next season, stepped in for Kerr for the final three games of the series. Brown guided the Warriors to an eventual 4-2 second-round series victory.

The Warriors will be playing in their sixth Conference Finals since Kerr’s hire ahead of the 2014-15 season. Golden State will face off against the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 matchup between the top-seeded Suns and the fourth-seeded Mavericks.

Kerr offered an update on the health of Golden State reserve forward Otto Porter Jr., as well. Kerr noted Porter did not partake in on-court workouts with his team, per Kendra Andrews of ESPN. Porter missed the Warriors’ series-clinching Game 6 win against the Grizzlies due to right knee soreness.

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