“I know I’m on the right track, the right path,” Kerr said. “I’m very confident that I will be back this season and I can’t wait; it’s killing me. It is killing me not to be out there tonight.”
He said there’s also “a decent chance” he’ll go with the team to Houston and New Orleans later this week… and that–as he gradually feels better and starts to exercise–he’s sure he’ll be back coaching at some point this season.
Kerr had surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his back July 28, but during the procedure, the dura surrounding the spinal cord was nicked and caused spinal-fluid leakage. On Sept. 4, Kerr had a second operation to patch the leak, but five weeks later, he’s still having adverse symptoms while taking a leave of absence from the team. “The body forms spinal fluid constantly,” said Dr. Neel Anand, the director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles. “As long as it doesn’t continue to leak, he’ll make a full recovery and be back to normal.”
January 25, 2021 | 8:51 pm EST Update
Connor Letourneau: Kerr is going to start Looney instead of Wiseman tonight at center. “Basically you’ve heard me all year talk about trying to establish ourselves as a defensive team, and the last two games have been disappointing,” Kerr said. “The hope is we can get off to a better start.”
Nick Friedell: Kerr said he spoke to Wiseman and the rookie handled it well. “He understands this is not a demotion by any means … I’m very confident this will be a good part of his development.” Kerr said Wiseman will come in off the bench where Looney did.
Dane Moore: Steve Kerr described the Warriors acquisition and then departure of D’Angelo Russell as “a story of how the NBA works” — from being the other half of a complicated sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant to becoming a valuable asset that became some draft picks.
Andrew Lopez: Sources tell @Adrian Wojnarowski and me that the issue with the postponement in the Spurs-Pelicans game is with a potential coronavirus exposure to a non-team member of the traveling parties of both teams in recent days. The NBA is taking extra precautions with these situations.
Joe Mussatto: Mark Daigneault on George Hill’s right thumb sprain: “The X-rays were negative. It’s just a matter of getting the ability to grip the basketball back. It’s on his shooting hand. They’re just taking it day-by-day. He was evaluated this morning to see if he could play tonight.”
January 25, 2021 | 8:18 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: X-Rays on left knee of Pacers All-Star Domantas Sabonis reveal no structural damage, source tells ESPN. An MRI is planned for Tuesday morning. Sabonis left game after banging knee vs. Raptors tonight.