This Thursday the Golden State Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. However, this time around the Warriors will be doing it without a former coach of the year, Steve Kerr. Kerr is still experiencing pain from back surgery that took place two years ago. He stopped coaching after Game Two in the Portland Trail Blazers first-round series due to ailments and not being able to sit still in his chair because of pain.
Steve Kerr will not coach Game 1 of the NBA Finals. https://t.co/m6anIlh1OL
— ESPN (@espn) May 29, 2017
“I’m not well enough to coach games, and I know that because I coached all 82 games and I did OK,” Kerr explained. “I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, but I did fine. I could make it through. The first two games of the Portland series, whatever happened, things got worse. You saw me in the fourth quarter of Game 2. I could not sit still in my chair. It was that much pain. I would say that I’ve gotten a little bit better. That’s why I’m here talking to you now. But you can probably tell I’m not sitting here happy go lucky.” Via (The Guardian)
Warriors’ assistant coach Mike Brown has taken over as head coach and has been great. So far he has not lost a game in the playoffs (10-0). Kerr is glad to have Brown as the head coach, but he does help during practice and gives him some pointers.
“I’m taking part in practices, helping with the messaging, taking part in coaching meetings, but I’m not on the sidelines during games. So, he has to make those decisions [during games],” Kerr said. “It’s his team, but he’s also taking my advice and counsel from behind the scenes. It’s not easy, but he’s obviously doing a good job. There seems to be a theme when I’m out. I think the team is like 108 and 2. So, I’m not sure what it is.” Via (The Guardian)
Game one will be Thursday night in Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers will look to defend their championship. Luckily for the Warriors, they are still the favorites and the players love Mike Brown. Look for the the series to be another dog fight and hopefully will be as good as last years.