Steve Kerr clears COVID-19 protocols, will be on bench for West finals

2022 NBA Playoffs - Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
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The Warriors are getting Steve Kerr back for the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors coach, who was out for the final three games of the second round series against the Grizzlies due to a positive COVID-19 test, has cleared protocols and is back with the team. He will be on the bench when the West Finals start Wednesday.

“It really wasn’t too bad,” Kerr said Sunday (via the Associated Press), adding he had a mild cough and some congestion but nothing serious. His concern was to make sure it did not start spreading around the Warriors staff and team.

Mike Brown — recently hired as the Sacramento Kings head coach but finishing the season with the Warriors — took over as the head coach for those three games.

The Warriors won Game 4 without Kerr to go up 3-1, then closed the series out at home in Game 6. They will host the Mavericks or travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns in Game 1 on Wednesday.