2020 Tokyo Olympics

How Warriors' Steve Kerr feels about 2020 Tokyo Olympics postponement

How Warriors' Steve Kerr feels about 2020 Tokyo Olympics postponement

Steve Kerr was set to travel to Tokyo this summer to be an assistant coach on Gregg Popovich's Team USA staff.

But that will have to wait after the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers agreed Tuesday to postpone the 2020 summer games until 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Warriors coach was a guest on Howard Beck's "The Full 48" podcast Monday and was asked for his feelings on the Olympics being postponed.

"It's a mix of sort of disappointment for sure, but also this is the least of anybody's worries," Kerr said. "Everything has to be taken sort of with relative concern, obviously because people have so much to worry about out there just trying to make ends meet and so many jobs on the line and so many struggling to make rent payments or take care of their kids or whatever.

"So you have to couch any sort of disappointment professionally with the perspective of what's happening in the real world. It's unfortunate, but hopefully, this is something that will be happening next summer and hopefully we'll still be coaching the team next summer. We don't know. Nobody knows anything at this stage. But we'll just wait and see."

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Along with Kerr, Warriors players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were among the 44 finalists for the Team USA roster.

All four now will have to wait a year to help Team USA bring home the gold medal.

What 2020 Olympics postponement means for Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Team USA

What 2020 Olympics postponement means for Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Team USA

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers agreed Tuesday to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

While the games being pushed back a year is disappointing, the delay means a different-looking Team USA will take the hardwood in Tokyo when the Olympics begin. 

Warriors star Klay Thompson has been open about his desire to play for his country. But Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 season as he rehabbed from the torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Due to the lengthy rehab and his desire to help the Warriors return to the top of the NBA pecking order next season, Thompson almost certainly wouldn't have been able to suit up for the red, white and blue this summer. 

The postponement also means Steph Curry, who had been targeting playing in the Olympics even after he broke his non-shooting hand, will have a whole season to get used to his "new normal" before heading to Tokyo in hopes of capturing a gold medal. 

Team USA also could see Kevin Durant suit up in 2021. The former Warrior almost certainly was out for the 2020 games as he continues to rehab his ruptured Achilles. But a fully healthy 2020-21 season could see the star of the 2016 gold-medal winning team join Curry, Thompson and other stars in Tokyo, looking to cement the United States' place atop the basketball world. 

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The delay could mean the loss of a star, though. LeBron James will be 36 next summer and already was on the fence about competing in another Olympics. Losing James would be a blow to Team USA, but if Curry, Thompson, Durant and the rest of America's stars choose to compete, Gregg Popovich's squad will be the favorites to win gold.

The IOC made the right call in suspending the games for public health reasons, but the delay could allow Team USA to get some of its best back on the court for the gold-medal chase.

Warriors' Steph Curry discusses plan to play in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Warriors' Steph Curry discusses plan to play in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Steph Curry never has won an Olympic gold medal.

Is he still hoping to play for Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer?

"Yeah. A lot of time before now and then, but I've always had that on my radar," Curry told reporters after shootaround.

Did breaking his left hand on Oct. 30 and missing the Warriors' next 58 games make him question that at all?

"Wasn't really a thought until recently," he said. "Right now, the focus is just trying to stay healthy these last 20 games, get my rhythm back, get to the level of basketball I know I'm capable of playing.

"You kind of understand what the schedule looks like leading up to July when training camp in Vegas starts. But yeah -- that's still the goal."

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It would be understandable if the Warriors prefer Curry not to participate, but it seems unlikely that the organization would prevent him from representing his country.

For now, nothing is going to prevent him from taking the floor Thursday night at Chase Center against the Toronto Raptors.

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