Steve Kerr operating as if Warriors' season is over even if NBA returns

Logan Murdock
NBC Sports BayArea

For the last six weeks, the NBA has pondered when play will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his staff are operating as if his season is over. 

"It feels like the end of our season," Kerr said during a digital conference with the University of San Francisco on Tuesday. "We're staying in touch with our guys, but it definitely feels like the season is done for us."

The Warriors, who haven't played a game since March 10, had video chats with Kerr and Warriors general manager Bob Myers last week with players that mirrored "exit meetings," according to Kerr. 

"It was just a chance to check-in, but it was also a chance for Bob to update the players and his contact with the league and the latest news ... our coaching staff and I have been undergoing staff evaluations offseason plans. So we, we are absolutely in offseason mode." 

Since last month, the city of San Francisco has implemented social distancing guidelines, banning gatherings of 10 or more people. San Francisco Mayor London Breed recently extended the order until May 31.

Though the league is allowing some teams to open facilities in places social distancing measures are relaxed, the Warriors' facilities are expected to remain closed as long as the city of San Francisco keeps its ordinances in place, league sources told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

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While other teams are hoping for postseason play, the Warriors, who own the worst record in the league, aren't concerned about resuming the season. 

"There's still a chance to league could ask us to come back and play some games," Kerr said. "But given what we went through this season with all the injuries and the tough record, it's been more of the case of, you know, we're staying in touch with guys but everybody is just sort of assuming that you know, this is, this is kind of it. We're not going to be involved much anymore."

Tuesday's call also included Warriors president Rick Welts, who explained how he's kept in contact with team employees via virtual townhall meetings. The meetings have included Kerr, Warriors primary owner Joe Lacob and NBA commissioner Adam Silver as guest speakers. 

"My commitment was to communicate with every employee every day. And we do that through kind of an end-of-the-day email," Welts said. "I'm trying to talk to somebody every day who has a unique viewpoint because of the job they have on what they're going through with the pandemic that might relate to our industry, and then I try to share some of their insights with our people. The town halls are very much like this." 

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Kerr, who is in quarantine in San Diego, said the break has been "productive" for the staff. And with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green expected to be healthy for the 2020-21 season, along with a top draft pick, Kerr is confident in the Warriors' future

 "I think we've had much deeper conversations amongst the staff to try to come up with better ways to coach our players and better ways to approach next season and really take advantage of the time that we do have."

Steve Kerr operating as if Warriors' season is over even if NBA returns originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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