The NBA is on hold right now due to the coronavirus pandemic. That doesn't mean the Warriors' togetherness, even during social distancing, has stopped.
After five straight trips to the NBA Finals and a tumultuous season this year, this team remains a tight-knit group. That includes both players and coaches. Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown says he and Golden State's other coaches have been speaking nearly daily since the league's suspension.
"I have been speaking to [head coach] Steve Kerr. I’ve been speaking to him a long time and he’s the best," Brown told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears in a recent Q&A. "We have a huge group chat via text where we communicate basically on a daily basis."
Kerr has been adamant about social distancing and taking this pandemic seriously ever since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. Golden State hosted the Los Angeles Clippers the night before Gobert's positive test, despite pleas from the city to cancel games. Kerr said he felt "like a fool" for coaching in front of the Chase Center crowd.
"The point that needs to get across and what all of us have to understand is that the real threat comes when our healthcare workers are overwhelmed because we have too many patients to take care of," Kerr told The Athletic's Anthony Slater on March 13. "That’s the real issue.
"If we don’t have enough hospital beds for patients and a shortage of doctors and nurses and healthcare workers to take care of the sick, that’s when disaster strikes."
Brown says Kerr still is preaching the same message to his coaches and players. He cares about them first and foremost, with basketball taking a back seat.
"Steve’s biggest thing is he wants everybody to make sure they take care of themselves, stay safe, stay healthy, take care of the family and try the best you can to enjoy this downtime knowing as coaches, especially, this can break at any time," Brown told Spears. "Be ready."