OAKLAND — Steve Kerr hasn’t spent any time wondering what it will be like to coach a Western Conference All-Star roster featuring both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
“Honestly, I haven’t given it one bit of thought,” the Golden State Warriors coach said of guiding the team that includes the pair of estranged superstars. “Coaching the All-Star game is kind of an oxymoron anyway.”
The decision as to whether Durant and Westbrook will share the floor in New Orleans will be made by Kerr not the players.
“That will be up to me,” Kerr said. “Substitution patterns are kind of the one thing you actually do as a coach.”
And he wasn’t offering any hints as to what those substitutions patterns will look like.
“No, you don’t [get to find out],” Kerr said.
Pachulia and West set to return to practice next Wednesday
Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff strain) and David West (fractured left thumb) are set to return to the practice floor next Wednesday when the team reconvenes after All-Star weekend.
“Neither one of them’s practiced yet,” Kerr said. “But they’re both progressing well and coming along. So, my guess is they’ll practice on that Wednesday after the All-Star break and we’ll get a good feel then.”
Based on that timeline, the soonest that either big man could rejoin the active roster would be Thursday night when the Los Angeles Clippers visit Oracle Arena.