Anthony Slater: No firm Steve Kerr update, but this muc…

Anthony Slater: No firm Steve Kerr update, but this much is clear: Mike Brown will coach Game 1 vs Jazz and likely beyond.

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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: Steve Kerr is in the arena. Mike Brown said the two have discussed gameplan plenty today: "It's good to see him here"
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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."
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.”
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.
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.”
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