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Warriors coach Steve Kerr reveals the irony in the NBA’s coronavirus suspension

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that in difficult times like today, he turns to sports as a way to escape. However, amid the coronavirus crisis that the world is facing, sports is caught in the middle of it all.

In an interview with Anthony Slate of The Athletic, Kerr was asked about what he does to keep himself busy. And the Warriors coach can’t help but see the irony of the situation the sports world is in right now.

“Debating with family members and friends. Reading. Just trying to stay busy. Watching Netflix,” Kerr said. “The irony of all this, for people like me who love sports, is this is normally the time you watch sports — to escape something that’s really scary and uncomfortable. But because we’re right in the thick of it, we don’t have that option. So you look for other ways to keep yourself busy and occupied.”

The NBA immediately suspended the season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.

Now, the league — along with other major sports — is in a stand-still. The NBA announced that they would use this lull to determine the next course of action for the remainder of the season.

For Steve Kerr and the Warriors, they were in the midst of a forgettable 2019-20 campaign anyway. In fact, prior to the suspension, they were the only team in the league which has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Surely, the Warriors were looking forward to a critical summer as they prepare for a redemption campaign in 2020-21. However, this global pandemic is bigger than basketball right now. The health of the players and fans alike is the no. 1 priority for the entire league.