Warriors coach Steve Kerr tests positive for COVID-19

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and was replaced by assistant coach Mike Brown for Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Western Conference semifinals.

Kerr, 56, had regularly worn a mask in recent days at the clubhouse.

The Warriors said Kerr received the test result about 1 hour 45 minutes before kickoff at the Chase Center.

Brown reached a deal on Sunday to manage the Sacramento Kings but will remain with the Warriors for the remainder of the postseason.

“Obviously the news broke that Steve Kerr contracted COVID. I want to wish you the best. I hope he gets well very soon, that he rests,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said.

“The way things are in the world, COVID continues unabated, so I want to be sure that he will be fine. I know the timing and everything else is terrible, but I hope he keeps his spirits up. I just want to send you a good note there.”

Brown, a former coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, has repeatedly deputized for his close friend, Kerr, and has postseason coaching experience.

Brown went 11-0 in the playoffs with the Warriors in 2017 when Kerr was inactive due to weakness issues following complications from back surgery.

Kerr returned for the second NBA Finals game the Warriors won that season.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr tests positive for COVID-19