Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr’s current condition may be worse than initially expected.
Kerr missed the Warriors Game 3 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night due to an undisclosed illness, and he is not expected to return to the sideline for the remainder of the first round, according to a recent report from Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News.
“The Warriors biggest worry is not the injury to Kevin Durant. He is all but ready to take the court again, even though the Warriors held him out of Game 3. It’s Kerr’s health that is now the biggest concern.
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.
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.
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.”
Lead assistant coach Mike Brown will continue to cover for Kerr and serve as the team’s acting head coach in his absence; a role he was specifically selected for.
Again from Thompson:
“That’s why Brown is here. The Warriors selected a top assistant with head coaching experience, instead of another bright offensive mind such as Stephen Silas, presumably because of the potential for Kerr to miss time again.
Brown has not only coached a team to the NBA Finals, but he has experience with elite talent — having coached LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.”
The Warriors are up three games to zero over the Blazers in the best-of-seven first-round series between the two teams, and should be fine on the court in the short-term with Brown at the helm. But, Kerr has navigated the Warriors’ current crop to two consecutive Finals appearances and his impact on the team from the sideline can’t be overstated.
Health always comes before basketball however, and Kerr should take as much time as he needs to get his health back up. Hopefully his recovery is a speedy one.