The Golden State Warriors’ rough-and-tumble playoff series with Memphis was in discussion about elbow injuries and injured knees – until coach Steve Kerr landed in quarantine with COVID-19.
With coronavirus cases rising again in the Bay Area, a COVID outbreak in the locker room could be as devastating as the injuries inflicting Warriors’ Gary Payton II or Grizzlies star Jaa Morant.
Hours before tonight’s Game 5 tipoff, the Warriors reported that all of their players were good to go, with none showing symptoms of COVID.
Warriors assistant Mike Brown will replace Kerr on the bench tonight as he did in Monday’s 101-98 victory after Kerr tested positive hours before the game. When the two spoke on Wednesday, Kerr told Brown he was “feeling fine,” but the Warriors have said little about whether their head coach has any symptoms from his bout with the virus.
When Kerr returns is still uncertain, said Raymond Ridder, Warriors senior vice president of communications. NBA rules state that he must test negative twice within 24 hours or reach a certain Ct (cycle threshold) value, a number that can be obtained from certain PCR tests and indicates that a How much virus is in the infected person?
Meanwhile, according to NBA protocol, players will not be tested until they show symptoms, Ridder said. During a surge of cases triggered by the Omicron wave in December, Warriors players Draymond Greene, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Damian Lee were all sidelined after testing positive.
Warriors fan and emeritus infectious disease professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. John Swartzberg, said he would not be surprised if at least one player is infected with Kovid-19 in the next day or two. But it can be difficult to tell if only people with symptoms are tested.
“I can see how it would be in their best interest,” he said, “not to have increased testing.”
While he said he is “not advocating for the Warriors to do more testing,” he said the team should have been wearing a mask after learning of Kerr’s infection – at least during Monday’s game – on the bench. and “Certainly no one was doing that.”
Some fans appeared wearing masks at the Chase Center in San Francisco, despite arena rules requiring everyone to wear masks as long as they are “actively eating or drinking.”
Kerr has been seen wearing a mask around the chase center in recent days, including during Saturday night’s Warriors Game 3 win.
In an email, Ridder said the team is “adhering to all necessary NBA COVID regulations and most of their recommendations.”
These include hand sanitizing, sanitizing equipment and testing “those who have symptoms”. We have been doing all this for months and will continue to do so. And, at our traveling party, everyone, including all the players, has been vaccinated. ,
What recommendations is the team not fully following?
He said that social distancing in some places.
If players were instead following CDC guidelines, and had close contact with their coach when they became ill, “they should wear a mask when in public and they should be tested three to five days after exposure.” ,” Swartzberg said. ,
“In an ideal world it would be nice if there were policies with which everyone could be consistent, but that’s not the case,” Swartzberg said. “We are talking about the ideal, but we are not in a perfect world.”