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.
Kerr had back surgery in July, just weeks after Golden State won the 2014-15 NBA championship. The surgery created a fluid leak in his spine, which needed to be repaired by a second surgery in September. In late September, Kerr and Margot had a joint 50th birthday party (their birthdays are a day apart). "He put on a really good face," Margot says. "But you could see he was in a ton of pain." For months, he was a shell of himself, battling intense pressure headaches and searing pain behind his eyes. The worst of it was not understanding what was wrong or knowing whether it would ever get better.
"Of course I get angry and pissed off sometimes," Kerr says. "But I can't hang on that. It does you no good." He feared he might never feel 100 percent again, but on a January road trip through Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago, he at least wanted to feel more like himself. And so it is that he owns the moment at The Second City. "That was right when I started to feel like I could start to live my life again," Kerr says. "I am coming out of this."
There is no satisfactory explanation for why Kerr developed his headaches. A current theory is that the change in the volume of spinal fluid after the initial surgery knocked his body out of homeostasis and contributed to a condition known as new daily persistent headache syndrome. But it's just a theory. He has had a terrible migraine basically every day since July. Some days he'll feel better and go for a hike. Other days he'll be seeing spots and looking for a chair to grab or a wall to lean on so he doesn't fall over.
His back had been bothering him throughout the playoffs, but he chalked it up to long hours and stress. In Game 5 of the Finals, he made a move that really tweaked it. He might have made things worse by playing beach volleyball and golf the week after the championship parade. Soon, while others were dreaming of how many more championships the Warriors' talented young core might win, Kerr was struggling to walk from his hotel room to the car during the Las Vegas Summer League. Doctors told him he had a ruptured disk.
Margot scoured the Internet looking for novel treatments that might help. She joined support groups of people who deal with chronic headaches. "We didn't do anything for months and months," she says. "Every so often, he would be feeling OK and then the kids would come up with something and we'd decide to go out to dinner. Then it wasn't even worth it because we could tell he was so uncomfortable."
Rusty Simmons: Steve Kerr had a doctor's appointment that caused him to miss shootaround, but he'll coach tonight. ... Bogut is a game-time decision.
Lets Go Warriors: Steve Kerr said doctors told him symptoms of headaches will fade. #Warriors https://t.co/Z1aBlCrpdQ
Rusty Simmons: The Warriors confirmed that head coach Steve Kerr is feeling ill, but he still plans to fly with the team for tomorrow's game at Phoenix.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Steve Kerr is returning to Golden State's bench and coaching tonight at home against Indiana
Luke Walton is careful not to anticipate the exact return date for Steve Kerr, but the Warriors’ interim head coach is hopeful that the head man will be back on the bench soon. “More and more, the further we go into the season,” Walton said Wednesday of Kerr’s involvement at the end of his longest road trip of the season. “It’s daily talks now that he’s with us on the road. It’s matchups. It’s bouncing ideas off of each other. Besides not being the coach on the bench during games, he’s very much involved in the decisions and the prep work.”
Warriors general manager Bob Myers does not know when Steve Kerr will come back to coaching. "He's trying," Myers told The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday. "He wants to get back, but it's just tough right now. He's not able to do it, and we hope it will be soon."
Kerr’s return date will be dictated by two factors, the state of his physical health and his ability to project how he would handle the increased workload. His back has held up well. His headaches have diminished in severity, but they have not completely gone away.
Kerr is by all accounts getting close to returning and the players can sense it. “I’m not sure when; it could be any day now, it could be a couple weeks,” Thompson said. “But he’s very active now at practice. It feels like he’s already back.”
Draymond Green on Steve Kerr yelling at halftime vs the Kings (KNBR): "It was cool. It was good to see. Obviously, you don't want to be in that position where he has to, but it kind of reinsures you that he's almost back. It was good to see. He didn't snap like I've seen him snap before. He said what he had to say and got his point across, but I've seen him kind of go crazy on us before. He didn't really do that this time. He just got his point across and moved on, but it was still good to see."
Steve Kerr was boarding the Warriors' charter flight to Dallas on Tuesday, according to the team, marking the farthest he would have traveled on while on his leave of absence. Kerr said last week after leading a practice for a day that while he wasn't 100 percent healthy, he hoped to return to the bench as coach sometime after going on the trip for back-to-back games against the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets on Wednesday and Thursday.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is feeling better as he deals with complications from back surgery, and hopes to be back on the bench in the coming weeks. Kerr attended practice Monday and Tuesday and was at the team's shootaround Wednesday ahead of Golden State's home game against Phoenix. "What I've learned is that I miss it," Kerr said in a hallway near the team's locker room. "I'm still hoping in the next two to three weeks to be back on the bench."
Rusty Simmons: Warriors backup Shaun Livingston said head coach Steve Kerr has been more vocal in film sessions and practices since the team returned home.
Head coach Steve Kerr was a familiar, unmistakable presence at Tuesday’s practice. The Warriors are offering no target for Kerr’s return to the bench, but he’s clearly making progress in his recovery from two offseason back surgeries. “He’s acting more like himself and joking more like himself,” interim head coach Luke Walton said Tuesday. “As far as what that means for his return, we still have no idea — but it’s nice to see more of his old self.”
Tim Kawakami: Asked Kerr if there was ever a thought he might miss the whole season. Kerr: "I don't think that way at all. I think I'll be back... I don't know exactly when, but I think I will be back coaching again this season." Said this home stand will be a good measure.
Kerr is there in Walton’s ear almost every step of the way, making the most of a connection that he knew would be important here. "We're talking normally a couple times a day now," Walton said of Kerr, who is still unsure when he’ll return. "And if it’s a home game, we talk at halftime, we talk pregame, we talk at shootarounds. It’s getting more and more."
Head coach Steve Kerr continues to be sidelined by complications from his offseason back surgeries, and general manager Bob Myers told USA TODAY Sports he still has no clarity as to when Kerr will return. But Kerr remains very involved with the team, having spent time with the players and coaches at shootaround in Los Angeles on Thursday morning and attending Friday night's game.
Lets Go Warriors: Steve Kerr is here. Just had a free throw shooting contest against #StephCurry... #Warriors https://t.co/afNmy0rfXp
The Golden State Warriors have been without Steve Kerr since training camp, as the head coach recovers from a spinal fluid leak. The team has not given a timetable for his return, but one Warriors player said that he might not be back until after February's All-Star festivities. "We had a chance to catch up with coach Kerr before the game and he still seemed very fatigued, told us he's dealing with headaches, is still heavily medicated," ESPN's J.A. Adande reported during the Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. "Yet [he] did get a chance to talk to the team after its 50-point victory over the Memphis Grizzlies the other day. He joked with them that, 'It's obvious you guys need me.' Now, they took that as a good sign his sense of humor was back. But he's still far away. In fact, one player told me they wouldn't be surprised if it takes him until after the All-Star break to return. And they're prepared to go that long without him."
"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.”
June 12, 2021 | 12:41 am EDT Update
Any potential free agency list should start with Indiana’s T.J. McConnell and Los Angeles pest Alex Caruso. Both are Cavs targets. Both fit really well. Some prefer Caruso. He’s younger, bigger, stronger and can guard multiple spots. Others like McConnell more. Even though he doesn’t shoot many 3s, he’s more polished, capable of filling in as starter, puts pressure on the rim and was the league’s total steals leader.
The Cavs might also be looking for another center. Isaiah Hartenstein, who arrived in the JaVale McGee deal with Denver, has a player option. Sources expect him to exercise that and become a free agent. Hartenstein, who made the minimum this past season, likes it in Cleveland. But he boosted his value over the final few months and opting in would make him underpaid at $1.7 million. Hartenstein’s preference, according to sources, is to renegotiate a more lucrative long-term deal, staying with the Cavs as Allen’s backup.
Jeremy Lin: No regrets about the past, excited for the future. Still got a lot of basketball left in me and we’ll see where this road goes. Beijing Ducks, excited to be back! Thank you all for going on this journey with me #NeverDone
StatMuse: Nikola Jokic gave it his all. 32 PTS 20 REB 10 AST He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with a 30/20/10 playoff game. pic.twitter.com/e2bSnolFOj
Kyle Neubeck: Doc Rivers said they told Simmons at halftime that he was being way too passive. “We told him we were going to come out and feature him on the post, and to be aggressive.” Mission accomplished!