Steve Kerr has not been on the Golden State Warriors’ sideline since the team’s Game 3 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in April, and he is expected to be sidelined for at least Game 1 of the NBA Finals as he continues to experience lingering symptoms from a pair of back surgeries.
Assistant coach Mike Brown has led the Warriors to their third consecutive Finals appearance and whether Kerr is able to return to the sideline in the upcoming series against the Cleveland Cavaliers remains uncertain. What is clear, however, is that Kerr fully intends to coach again.
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“Hell yeah,” Kerr said when asked by Tim Kawakami of The Mercury News this week about whether he will coach again. “You know, it’s a little trickier, since this has been going on. I sort of assumed all last year that by the summer I’d get this thing knocked out.
It’s been kind of a mystery and that’s what so frustrating. But I have every intention to coach for a long time. It’s scary stuff and still hoping for a better resolution to it.”
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Kerr is still holding out hope that he will be able to return at some point during the Finals. He said it is a matter of his pain threshold, and Kerr is not worried about disrupting the Warriors chemistry or being a distraction if he returns in the middle of the series.
“With our team I don’t think it would. Like I said, we’re doing the same stuff,” Kerr said. “I think just, it’s the Finals, there’s going to be a spotlight, is it a distraction? Is it another story line? Do we need to deal with all that?
“I don’t know. Ultimately I don’t think I can worry about that. I’ve got to play it by ear – if I’m feeling good I should coach and if I’m not feeling up to it, then I shouldn’t. And it’s that simple.”