Steve Kerr reached out in support of Cuonzo Martin recently. (Jim Mone/Rick Scuteri/AP)

Steve Kerr reached out in support of Cuonzo Martin recently. (Jim Mone/Rick Scuteri/AP)

Kerr offers words of support for embattled Cal coach

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a social media shout out 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 is so thankful 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 Yann Hufnagel, fired ahead of the team’s trip to Spokane, Washington, where fourth-seeded Cal lost to Hawaii in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Kerr wrote Wednesday on Twitter: “Huge thank you to @CuonzoMartin and @CalMensBBall for taking care of my son @NickZKerr this season. Fantastic experience, exceptional people.”

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.”

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