Steve Kerr not worrying about Golden State Warriors finishing season out

Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /

This season has been tough for the Golden State Warriors, and at 15-50, head coach Steve Kerr thinks their season may already be over.

The Golden State Warriors had 17 games left in the season when the league was suspended due to COVID-19. Head coach Steve Kerr doesn’t envision the team playing the last fifth of the season out. To be fair, there’s really no need to.

Regardless, the Warriors are the only NBA team out of playoff contention, so in their mindset, the offseason has already begun. With a highly anticipated draft upcoming, the Warriors retained their pick and will also have a huge trade exception to use.

Improving their roster is certainly possible, and that should now be their main focus throughout their current period of downtime.

As a guest on 95.7 The Game this past Tuesday, Kerr told Damon Bruce, Ray Ratto and Matt Kolsky that he doesn’t “anticipate that happening” in regards to the league asking the Warriors to play out those final 17 games.

"“I am just basically in the background. Because of our team’s circumstances, because of the fact that we are not in the mix at all, I’m really staying out of all of this. And as [Warriors general manager] Bob [Myers] said, we’ll be good soldiers if the league asks us to play more games. We’ll play. I don’t anticipate that happening. But we’ll be ready if it does,” Kerr said via on 95.7 The Game via NBC Sports’ Ali Thanawalla."

The novel coronavirus, which has been sweeping the nation, has caused mixed feelings, especially in the NBA community.

The bulk of the league’s main outspoken superstars jumped on a conference call and want to eventually restart the league. While we will soon know the true trajectory that they’ll be going in, the Warriors season may nonetheless be all but over.

The Warriors’ diehard fanbase likely won’t mind getting this season over with. After all, they aren’t used to not being in playoff contention so it’s already been pretty different.

With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, two players that have been with the Warriors throughout the entire dynasty, healthy, the Warriors should easily return to the top of the Western Conference.

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It certainly won’t be as easy this time around though. The Lakers, Clippers and Rockets are all capable foes. They need to improve just a little bit whether this season finishes out or not.