Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches shootaround in the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Spurs coach expresses sympathy for Steve Kerr

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs head man Gregg Popovich and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr go way back.

Kerr played for Popovich during the later years of his career, and they’ve maintained their friendship ever since.

That’s why it’s been tough for Popovich to watch his friend suffer with health complications that are extremely painful, forcing Kerr off the sideline for most of the postseason.

Popovich put those feelings into words before Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday:

“As far as Steve is concerned, it’s just a crap situation,” Popovich said. “He’s done a phenomenal job. And when you’re going through that pain every day and that frustration of not being able to do what you want to, it’s hard to enjoy it at the fullest level. So, I feel badly for him all the time. But, hopeful that something will get figured out.”

Kerr is traveling with the team in San Antonio after staying in the Bay Area during the last series against the Utah Jazz. His condition is reportedly slowly improving, but his return to the bench remains without a timetable.

Contact Jacob C. Palmer at jpalmer@sfexaminer.com or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.Golden State WarriorsGregg PopovichNBA PlayoffsSan Antonio SpursSteve Kerr

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