OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a social media shoutout to California coach Cuonzo Martin on Wednesday to offer his support and thanks during a rough stretch for the Golden Bears program.
Kerr's son, Nick, was a walk-on reserve guard under Martin this past season, and Kerr expressed gratitude that his son had such a great experience.
The university announced last Wednesday that it was reviewing whether Martin properly handled sexual harassment allegations made by a female reporter against assistant coach Yann Hufnagel, who was fired ahead of the team's trip to Spokane, Washington, for the NCAA tournament. Fourth-seeded Cal lost to Hawaii in the first round Friday.
Kerr wrote Wednesday on Twitter:
While Kerr didn't want to discuss specifics of Cal's situation, he said he respects Martin as a coach and positive influence on his son.
"My son was a walk-on there this year. He had an incredible experience with his teammates, with the coaching staff, with Cuonzo," Kerr said before Golden State hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. "I wanted to say thanks for the season that Cal had and for the experience that my son had. All I wanted to vouch for was his character. He's been an incredible mentor for my son, phenomenal coach, and I just wanted to say thanks for that. I know that the program is going through some turmoil with the issue that's happening. ... I just know from my son and getting to know Cuonzo what kind of person he is, and I wanted to support him."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.