Kerr says USA Bas­ket­ball still plan­ning for Tokyo 2020

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY TIM REYNOLDS

The USA Bas­ket­ball coach­ing staff for the Tokyo Olympics is still pre­par­ing as if there will be a gold medal to try and de­fend this sum­mer, even in highly un­cer­tain times caused by the global coron­avirus pan­demic.

U.S. men’s as­sis­tant coach Steve Kerr, the coach of the Golden State War­riors, said on a con­fer­ence call Tues­day that he has had some re­cent con­tact with U.S. head coach Gregg Popovich of the San An­to­nio Spurs as plans for the Olympics con­tinue.

Kerr is slated to be on a staff that also in­cludes At­lanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Vil­lanova coach Jay Wright. Those were the three as­sis­tants un­der Popovich last sum­mer as well at the Bas­ket­ball World Cup in China.

“Ev­ery­thing’s just up in the air,” Kerr said. “There’s no sense of whether things are go­ing to be de­layed or any­thing. We’re all kind of won­der­ing what’s go­ing to hap­pen and so is the rest of the world.”

The Olympics are sched­uled to start July 24. The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee said Tues­day that the un­cer­tainty of things right now is “an un­prece­dented sit­u­a­tion for the whole world.”

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