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Steve Kerr's shorts from NBA Finals game-winning shot up for auction

Steve Kerr's shorts from NBA Finals game-winning shot up for auction

With 5.0 seconds remaining in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, Steve Kerr hit the jump shot that delivered the Bulls their fifth NBA title in a seven-year span.

And if you're looking to get your hands on the shorts that the Warriors' coach was wearing when he played the role of hero, you're in luck.

They are available through the Lelands Spring Classic Auction, with a portion of the proceeds going to coronavirus relief efforts.

The most recent bid -- $1,650 -- was submitted Thursday night. The auction ends June 19 at 8:00 p.m. PT.

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Here is part of the description:

White Champion shorts feature a Size 36 tag in waist with Kerr’s number “25” handwritten in black with a Bulls exclusive tag that reads, “Rise +2 and Inseam +2.” Inside the shorts on the rear seam there is a “1996-1997” wash tag that shows significant wear; drawstring appears to be original.

Covered in champagne stains from the locker room victory celebration, these historic shorts have also been signed by Steve Kerr in black prominently in the front.

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During ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary, Kerr discussed his mindset leading up to the most memorable moment of his NBA career.

"Phil (Jackson) calls timeout and Michael (Jordan) knew what was coming," Kerr explained. "Earlier in the series -- in a very similar situation late in a game -- John Stockton had come over and doubled him and stolen the ball, which helped seal the win for Utah.

"He mumbled something like, 'Hey Steve, Hey Steve -- be ready.' He knew the camera was always on him, and I'm like oblivious, yelling back, 'I'll be ready! I'll be ready (laughter)!' "

And ready he was.

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Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

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Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

The Warriors announced Wednesday night that a team employee who works at the franchise's Oakland facility had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the facility has been temporarily closed. 

"We have been notified that an employee who works at our Oakland facility has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19," Golden State said in a team statement. "As a result, the Oakland facility will undergo a thorough sanitation immediately and will be temporarily closed. Due to this closure, our virtual summer basketball camps, which have operated with only staff present at the facility (no campers) this summer, will be postponed next week."

This is the first known instance of a positive coronavirus test within the Warriors franchise.

This story will be updated.

Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Draymond Green has spent his entire NBA career on the Warriors with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates. This season, however, he played alongside them far less often than any previous season to date.

Despite having only played four games with Curry and zero with Thompson over the last calendar year, the benefits of playing with the Splash Brothers are still fresh in Green's mind. When ESPN's Jalen Rose suggested people need to "put more respect" on the Splash Brothers' names, Green described how much he enjoys playing with Curry and Thompson.

"It's extremely dope," Green said Wednesday on ESPN's "Jalen & Jacoby." "A, they've been a huge part of changing the game of basketball as a whole. But then when you play with two guys like Steph and Klay ... their selflessness, that's important in building a championship team. It's never all about them.

"For me, as a facilitator, I can't ask for two better guys to play with. Delivering the ball, trying to put the ball on time, on target, but always knowing that if you put the ball in the right place, they can get a shot off.

"Seeing the eruptions that they can go on, it's always fun to play with those guys and the way they can just wreck a defense. They'll have two or three guys chasing them, and it's always fun seeing the guys turning to each other and start bickering because they done messed up the defensive assignment." 

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With the Warriors not included in the NBA's expanded playoff format, it's going to be quite a bit longer until Green, Curry and Thompson take the court together again. But when they do, they should be amply rested, which is a bad sign for the rest of the league.

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