On Sunday, dressed in jeans and Warriors sweatshirt, Kerr watched the first half from the bowels of the Oracle Arena. He's now recovering from the latest procedure to alleviate debilitating back pain stemming from the botched back surgeries that caused him to miss the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season.
Kerr has been missing from the Warriors sidelines during the National Basketball Association playoffs as he battles an ailing back that has left him with headaches, nausea and fatigue.
"It's obviously great any time you get to hear his voice, see his face", said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, via ESPN. Afterward he said Kerr's speech meant a lot. "The more that he can be around, the better feel that all of us have".
Assistant Coach Mike Brown has held his own and been successful in Kerr's absence, and the team is ready to go to battle with or without him on the sideline. "Obviously, coach Brown led most of it, but he was present". "We want him around and it's good for him to be around", Brown told The Mercury News. He did not attend the games during the previous series against the Utah Jazz. He's the guy that laid the foundation and got everybody headed in the right direction. And just just settle in on like three stops in a row - let's get three stops in a row and the push will come from that.
Story line: Unbeaten and mostly untested in the postseason, the Warriors are four wins from a third straight trip to the NBA Finals as they play a banged-up San Antonio team.
Kerr has not coached the Warriors since round one of the National Basketball Association playoffs this season due to recurring back trouble.