Steve Kerr Will Be Assistant Coach to Gregg Popovich With USA Basketball

Steve Kerr will be heading to China in 2019 and Japan in 2020.

The Warriors' head coach will serve as an assistant coach with USA Basketball at the 2019 FIBA World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

"This is an incredible opportunity and one I'm extremely grateful for," Kerr said in a press release. "I had the good fortune to participate in our USA Basketball program as an amateur, and to have the chance to return to the world stage three decades later and work under Pop, one of my former coaches and a mentor, is a tremendous honor.

"I also look forward to working with Nate (McMillan) and Jay (Wright), two dynamic and highly-successful coaches, as we together embrace the opportunity to represent our country and attempt to ultimately bring home the gold."

The FIBA World Cup is slated for Aug. 31 through Sept. 15, while the Olympics begin on July 24 and end on Aug. 9.

Kerr committing to the role is more proof that he has in fact experienced significant improvement on the health front.

"Man, what a long haul," Kerr explained to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami last week. "I work every day -- I do a lot of stuff to make sure I'm staying on the improving path. Getting old -- it sucks (laughter).

"The worst is behind me ... when I had to sit out in the playoffs, that was a brutally difficult time and I wasn't sure what was gonna happen. I think all of that is behind me and I'm looking at much better days."

Kerr earned a gold medal at the 1986 FIBA World Cup, and it's probably safe to assume some more gold hardware will be coming his way in the next two years...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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