Steve Kerr says there's 'no easy answer' for NBA trying to return soon

Dalton Johnson
NBC Sports BayArea

The Warriors' 2019-20 season is over, but coach Steve Kerr still is watching the NBA and its hopes to return to play next month from afar.

With the NBA's return-to-play plan approved earlier this month, 22 teams are set to play in Orlando, Fla., with games beginning July 31. But there recently have been some road blocks. 

Aside from the world still dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some players don't feel comfortable hitting the court as a distraction in a bubble environment while the rest of the country and beyond racial and social injustices stemming from George Floyd, an African American man, dying in Minneapolis police custody. Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows the league is in a tough spot.

"There's no easy answer. I think the only thing you can do is to do what the NBA has always done, which is to listen to listen to its players, communicate with them and collaborate," Kerr said Monday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky." "And I think that's one of the great advantages that the NBA has over other sports, is that there's a real partnership, especially when it comes to social issues." 

While the Warriors will be watching games from home -- if there is a season -- the NBA and NBA Players Association are expected to hash out details in the coming weeks that will allow eight teams whose seasons are over to convene at some point over the next couple of months. Kerr isn't exactly a fan of that.

The coach is all for a Warriors minicamp, but not for playing other teams in a summer league. 

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"We're not interested in a summer league," Kerr said earlier this month on a conference call. "If what we're talking about is some kind of minicamp and some of the other teams are interested in playing games, we would not be interested in doing that.

"And I've talked to a couple of the coaches about that. Every team has its own unique set of circumstances, and I definitely understand that a lot of the teams involved are younger and more interested in getting game action for their players.

"But we're in a different space and people understand that. We'd be more interested in practice time."

As Kerr and the rest of the Warriors' staff watches film on draft prospects, they certainly will have their eyes on what happens with the league's plan to continue its season.

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