Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he’s not sure yet whether he’ll be able to coach in the NBA Finals as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery two years ago that have kept him from coaching the past 10 playoff games. “Just day-by-day,” Kerr told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, when asked about his status after the Warriors completed a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night in the Western Conference finals.
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Connor Letourneau: Brown said he’s still communicating with Steve Kerr “at least twice a day.”
Adam Lauridsen: Pop on Kerr’s health: “It’s just a crap situation.”
When the Warriors head to San Antonio for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, they’ll have their head coach with them. Golden State coach Steve Kerr is expected to travel with the team to Texas on Thursday, general manager Bob Myers said Wednesday. Kerr is on an indefinite leave of absence while he battles pain and other issues left over from his 2015 back surgery. “He will be on the trip,” Myers said on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.
Tim Kawakami: Kevin Durant on Kerr’s half-time talk: “He was calm. He wasn’t yelling at anybody.”
Tim Kawakami: But Kerr’s words, in person, had an effect. “He’s the head coach,” Brown said. “We’re all going to follow his lead, no matter what.”
Tim Kawakami: Bob Myers watched the game in the coaches office with Steve Kerr in the first half. He said it was about as interesting as you’d think.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude: Warriors players shared hearing from Steve Kerr in lockeroom at halftime was helpful. “Reassuring voice”. “Always good to hear from Steve”
It didn’t go well early for Golden State. The Spurs shocked the Warriors in the first half, jumping out to a 20-point lead at halftime. Even though Kerr was still not coaching on the bench, he joined his team in the locker room and looked to calm down his players.
Kerr said: “We gotta find that balance between pace and discipline. Right? So we’re a little out of sorts because we’re trying to push it, trying to push it. And now we’re turning it over a little bit. I thought our defense was actually really good in the first quarter. But then we turned it over and they got some easy ones. And now we’re playing from behind. But in the second quarter we got out of sorts. So, get your poise back, wings run like crazy. Just settle in on like three stops in a row. Three stops in a row and the push will come from that. Settle in. We’ll be all right.”
Sean Cunningham: Steve Kerr told his team at halftime the importance of getting three straight stops – it’s working
Anthony Slater: Halftime talk from Steve Kerr via @NBA
Ramona Shelburne: Steve Kerr will be at Oracle today and watch Game 1 from the lockeroom, per Mike Brown.
Monte Poole: Hearing from sources that Steve Kerr plans to be at Oracle Arena for Gm 1 of #Warriors vs #Spurs.
It’s the first time Kerr has been at a home practice since he took a leave of absence in the middle of the first round to find a remedy for the pain he’s been dealing with stemming from back surgery he had almost two years ago. For many on the team, it was the first time they had seen Kerr in nearly two weeks.
Curry said Kerr was semiactive Saturday. “He was one of the coaches in our pregame film, just giving his assessment of the series and things we need to do well,” he said. “Obviously, coach (Mike) Brown led most of it, but he was present.”
“He’s the guy that laid the foundation and got everybody headed in the right directions. And so the more he can be around, the better feel that all of us have … it was good to see him out here today.” Kerr also was present in a coaches’ meeting Friday. The Warriors continue to say they do not know if Kerr will be back on the sideline this postseason.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr attended Saturday’s practice leading up to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.
“It’s obviously great any time you get to hear his voice, see his face,” Stephen Curry said after practice. “He’s obviously been doing his homework in between.”
Kerr actually was present in a coaches’ meeting on Friday. The Warriors continue to say they do not know if Kerr will be back on the sideline this postseason.
Tim Bontemps: Steve Kerr is here at practice. Currently chatting with Draymond Green on the side of the court.
Monte Poole: Steve Kerr was a vocal participant in pre-practice session with #Warriors today, per Stephen Curry.
Tim Kawakami: Might be out there already, but Jarron Collins told me on the podcast that Steve Kerr was at the facility for a long coaches’ meeting today.
Yet: There’s no clarification on Kerr’s condition because the doctors don’t know and he doesn’t know; therefore, nobody knows. “It’s hard to answer (some of these questions) because the doctors aren’t entirely sure of recovery time,” said Bob Myers, the team’s general manager. “That’s why we’ve been a little indefinite about everything.”
Anthony Slater: Bob Myers on Kerr: “Even the doctors aren’t entirely sure of recovery time. That’s why we’ve been a little indefinite about everything.”
Adam Lauridsen: Myers: “I don’t know the answer on sooner or later. I think he’s going to recover fully, I just don’t know when.”
Adam Lauridsen: Myers highlights that no one knows what Kerr’s recovery looks like. Can’t give timeline. Kerr still at Duke.
Marcus Thompson: Myers on Kerr: “He’s now dedicated to the pursuit of getting better. Before his focus was on us, the team.”
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude: Mike Brown said the emphasis on Pick & Roll w/ Kevin Durant strategy was a suggestion by Steve Kerr to the staff (even while out w/ illness)
Warriors owner Joe Lacob went on Bloomberg Radio on Friday and provided a minor update on Steve Kerr’s status. The ailing head coach, who was reportedly at the Duke Medical Center on Friday, underwent a spinal cord leak procedure, Lacob said. Kerr hasn’t coached in any of the Warriors last five playoff games. Assistant Mike Brown has stepped in in Kerr’s absence. Lacob said he’s hopeful Kerr can return “sooner rather than later.” Here are his full comments to Bloomberg.
“I said this to the team, we all have to kind of decide how process that part ourselves,” Myers said. “Because he still could–I don’t want to mislead people–but the possibility of him coming back still exists. “But that is different than relying on it. You can have that optimism, we all can have that hope. But reliance on it, I think, is something nobody’s doing at this point. Nor should they.” Hope for a change in Kerr’s health and a quick return. But brace for him to be out past June.
I asked Myers: When you talk with Kerr, do you ask or can you tell how close he is to coming back? “You know, I can’t even say that,” said Myers, who had just talked to Kerr before Friday’s workout. “I can’t say better one day or the next right now. I’m just kind of waiting to be able to say that–I think he is, too–to be able to say it’s getting better or it’s close. That’d be great. “But I can’t say it right now.”
“It’s very unfortunate what’s happening here,” Lacob said. “He had a back surgery. Relatively common procedure almost two years ago now. And had a what is really a relatively uncommon thing happen. Which is the dura around the spinal cord got nicked. And you wind up having a spinal cord leak. And ultimately headaches and other symptoms. Bad headaches. Migraines.
“Hopefully it was solved yesterday he had another procedure. It’s gone on for nearly two years. Very unusual I believe. I have a medical background so I know a little bit about this. I’ve never really heard of many people having this problem for this long. We feel really bad for him, the players, everybody understands it. We just have to be in his court here and support whatever it takes for him to get back and I’m sure they will eventually solve it. Hopefully sooner rather than later and hopefully we’ll have him coaching on the court sooner rather than later.”
Appearing on Bloomberg Radio on Saturday, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob said coach Steve Kerr underwent a procedure to address the complications resulting from his back surgery two years ago, and the team is holding out hope the 2016 Coach of the Year can return “sooner rather than later.”
Joe Lacob: “Hopefully it was solved yesterday — he had another procedure — but it’s gone on for nearly two years,” Lacob told Bloomberg Radio on Saturday. “Very unusual, I believe. I have a medical background, so I know a little about this, but I’ve never really heard of anybody having this problem for this long, and we feel really bad for him.
Adam Lauridsen: Brown on Kerr: “I talk a couple times of day. Every couple times he’s come into our coaches meetings, for an hour or so.”
Steve Kerr did not travel with the Warriors to Salt Lake City and will not coach in Games 3 or 4 as he continues to seek medical solutions for the ailments stemming from back surgery gone wrong a couple summers ago.
Connor Letourneau: Brown said Kerr’s “going to be back” at some point, “he’s fighting to come back.”
“We hope and pray Steve gets better, and can come back, but at the end of the day, his health is more important than anything,” Green said. “So we’re here in support of him. We know how bad he wants to be here and how bad we’d love for him to be here. “But he needs to take care of himself, and whether it’s this year or next year that he’s back, we’re ready. We’re going to approach these entire playoffs as if Steve isn’t coming back. I think it’s a lot easier to adjust if we hear otherwise and he’s back on the bench.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will continue to have medical tests and procedures this week at Stanford. He remains out indefinitely. Kerr has been sidelined by symptoms including migraines and nausea related to complications from back surgery he had almost two years ago.
Assistant coach Mike Brown will continue to act as head coach for the Warriors for Game 1 against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, as he did for Games 3 and 4 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Still, there’s no time frame for his return. Sources indicated that it’s unlikely Kerr would coach while he was still undergoing treatment.
Anthony Slater: No firm Steve Kerr update, but this much is clear: Mike Brown will coach Game 1 vs Jazz and likely beyond.
How is Mike Brown doing as the interim? Is it the same as with Kerr? Kevin Durant: Mike has had a pretty big voice throughout the whole season. Has been a head coach before, understands what it takes to be a head coach. And the coaching staff is just so smart, they empower each other. I think anybody if you’re around us on a day to day basis, anybody could tell they kind of work well as a group as far as a coaching staff.
Does Brown coach differently? Durant: They’re two different voices, two different personalities. They work well with each other and they learn from each other I can tell. But we play a certain way and we’ve been playing that way the whole season. It’s not like coach Brown is coming in trying to change anything up. He’s coaching us within the flow of the game and whatever he sees he’s going to help us out.
There is no update on the status of coach Steve Kerr, who missed the final two games of the first round because of complications from two back surgeries. Kerr talks daily with interim coach Mike Brown and took part in coaching meetings Friday but was not at practice on Saturday.
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and be back on the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries. It just might not be right away. Myers says, “What he’s facing is fixable.” The 51-year-old Kerr plans to be examined at Stanford this week and is away from the team until he feels well enough to return.
Anthony Slater: Kevin Durant on Steve Kerr: “This (basketball) stuff doesn’t matter. We want him healthy for the rest of his life” pic.twitter.com/uWfQ3GWBYP
Anthony Slater: Mike Brown said Steve Kerr wasn’t at practice today, Bob Myers will address questions on him moving forward pic.twitter.com/4DSE8hQYNh
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr is in the arena. Mike Brown said the two have discussed gameplan plenty today: “It’s good to see him here”
Chris Haynes: Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has arrived with the team for shootaround at the Moda Center.
From the start, Kerr makes it easy to root for him: an overachiever who knows he was fortunate to get connected with Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan, who inherited Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire as Phoenix’s GM, and, of course, these Warriors. He was a great jump shooter, a great television analyst and developed into a true leader of men as Golden State’s coach. Without Kerr, the Warriors ripped off the greatest start in NBA history a year ago; and with Brown, the Warriors could probably still win the title. They’re too talented, and Brown is a pro’s pro. Kerr believes he can be a part of practice and film sessions, regardless, but the deftness needed for the bench on game night won’t allow him to return unless he begins to feel better.
Kerr missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season, and, now, Kerr fears he could miss the rest of these playoffs, too. Unless the agony dissipates, Kerr is prepared to let assistant coach Mike Brown coach game nights on the Warriors’ championship chase. “I don’t know if he can do this very much longer,” one NBA associate close to Kerr told The Vertical on Sunday. “He hasn’t enjoyed this one bit. Even if we haven’t talked in a bit, I can see the pain on his face.”
“This is not going to be a case where I’m coaching one night, not coaching the next. I’m not going to do that to our team, our staff,”Kerr said. “We’re hoping that in the next week or two, whatever it is, I can sort of make a definitive realization, deduction, or just feel that I’m going to do this or not.”
Ramona Shelburne: Kerr’s issues started when he had back surgery. That created a spinal fluid leak which gives him horrible symptoms like migraines, nausea
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr: “I can tell you, if you have a back problem, stay away from surgery. I can say that from the bottom of my heart.”
Chris Haynes: Steve Kerr said he will not coach tomorrow night due to chronic back pain. He’s consulting with doctors for a remedy.
Connor Letourneau: Kerr confirmed that it’s a possibility he won’t coach again in the playoffs. Said his symptoms got worse 5 days ago.
Marc Stein: Steve Kerr says he will not return to coaching until he is convinced he can stay on the sideline and manage symptoms as he has previously
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said symptoms “took a turn for the worse” in last five days. Will watch film, help staff, not coach for now.
Connor Letourneau: Kerr was well enough to attend the Warriors’ voluntary workout this morning.
The Warriors announced Saturday afternoon that Kerr would be forced to skip Game 3 of Golden State’s first-round series with the Trail Blazers due to illness, with lead assistant Mike Brown taking his place. But specific details about Kerr’s condition were scarce on Saturday, with league sources attributing that to the fact that the specific cause of the illness is not yet known.
As competitive as Kerr is, we know this: it must be pretty bad if he is missing a playoff game. He is expected to miss the remainder of this Western Conference series. “Oh no,” one source said about Kerr returning this series. “He thinks like a player does, wanting to get back. But he’s got to get right.”
The Warriors, sources said, have yet to determine whether Kerr’s symptoms are related to the headaches, nausea and other complications he has endured for much of the past two seasons since a back surgery in July 2015 caused a well-chronicled fluid leak in his spine. Sources told ESPN.com that Kerr felt well enough Saturday morning to address the team, though he did not attend the Warriors’ pregame shootaround.
At the worst of this current illness, Kerr was in excruciating pain, according to the sources, and he could barely walk. It was scary because it wasn’t a feeling he’s had before. The worst part, the Warriors don’t yet know what is going. They had to say “illness” because there are no answers yet. Kerr hasn’t felt well all series, according to people around him, and recently it become unbearable. It is unknown if these issues are even related to his past well-known health problems.
“We’ve got his back,” Curry continued. “We’ve had certain situations all year [and] previous years where players are down and you’ve got the ‘next man up’ philosophy. Same with Coach Kerr. He’s done a great job of implementing a philosophy and a strategy and an identity of how we play Warrior basketball. And even in his absence, we want to kind of live up to that.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors say Steve Kerr will not coach Game 3 at Portland tonight due to illness. Mike Brown will serve as acting head coach tonight.
Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson said he understands where Kerr is coming from but is concerned Kerr’s message about embracing marijuana might be taken the wrong way by youngsters. “I think our rhetoric on it has to be very careful because you have a lot of kids where I’m from that’s reading this, and they think [marijuana use is] cool,” Watson told ESPN on Saturday after the Suns’ 138-109 loss to the Warriors. “It’s not cool. Where I’m from, you don’t get six fouls to foul out. You get three strikes. One strike leads to another. I’m just being honest with you, so you have to be very careful with your rhetoric.”
Watson said he doesn’t feel that the coaching profession is the appropriate line of work for publicly advocating the benefits of consuming marijuana as a pain reliever. “I think it would have to come from a physician — not a coach,” Watson said. “And for me, I’ve lived in that other life [of crime and drugs]. I’m from that area, so I’ve seen a lot of guys go through that experience of using it and doing other things with that were both illegal. And a lot of those times, those guys never make it to the NBA, they never make it to college, and somehow it leads to something else, and they never make it past 18. So when we really talk about it and we open up that, I call it that slippery slope. We have to be very careful on the rhetoric and how we speak on it and how we express it and explain it to the youth.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on a CSN Bay Area podcast published Friday that he smoked marijuana for back pain he experienced the past two years. “I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried [marijuana] twice during the last year and a half when I’ve been going through this pain, this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr told host Monte Poole. “A lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if I would — maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it, and it didn’t help at all. But it was worth it, because I’m searching for answers on pain. But I’ve tried painkillers and drugs of other kinds, as well, and those have been worse. It’s tricky.”
General manager Bob Myers provided more clarity Thursday into the health of Golden State’s head coach, whom Myers checks in with daily. Myers said Kerr is “trending in the right direction” after missing most of training camp and the first 43 games of last season with complications stemming from back surgery.
How do you feel physically now compared to this time last year? -KERR: Oh, no not even close. I feel a lot better than I did a year ago. I’ll be out there coaching and I’ll be ready to go. So let’s move on to the team, shall we? (Smiles.)
But it’s not gone, it’s not over, and nobody knows when it will be. “Well, I’d like to say that all that is behind me, but it’s really not,” Kerr said last week on the “Warriors Plus Minus” podcast with Marcus Thompson II and me. “I’m still dealing with some pain. Still trying to dig my way out of this completely. “I’ve gotten a lot further along. But I’m confident that eventually I’ll feel like my old self, pain-free and always happy.
Rusty Simmons: As expected, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is back at today’s shootaround, after missing yesterday’s practice for a doctor visit.
Monte Poole: Luke Walton sitting in for Steve Kerr today.
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