Warriors' Steve Kerr Says He Hasn't Discussed 2021 Olympics with Gregg Popovich

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 9, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talk during the game on November 1, 2019 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who serves as an assistant under San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich for the United States men's basketball team, told reporters he hasn't spoken with the Team USA leader about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2021, per Mark Medina of USA Today.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he has had "daily conversations" with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich amid the state of our world. But regarding Team USA and Tokyo Olympics in the 2021 summer? "I haven’t had a single conversation with Pop about that. The reason is we don’t know."

Kerr told reporters March 17 that Team USA was still planning for the Games as if they would happen in 2020. The Olympics were officially postponed one week later.

The Tokyo Games, which were initially scheduled to run from July 24 through Aug. 9, were pushed to next summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That comes with some uncertainty, however.

"My personal opinion is that if an effective vaccine has not been developed, it will be difficult to hold the Olympic Games," Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, the president of the Japan Medical Association, said in late April, per Motoko Rich and Andrew Keh of the New York Times. "I would not say they should not be held, but I would say that it would be exceedingly difficult."

IOC President Thomas Bach said in May that the Games would have to be canceled if they cannot be held in 2021, per Dan Roan of BBC.

That would mark the first canceled Summer Olympics since the 1944 London Games, which did not take place because of World War II.