OAKLAND — For the third time in the playoffs, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers addressed the media about head coach Steve Kerr’s health.
Like the other times before it, there wasn’t much news to share: Kerr will return when he’s ready and not a moment beforehand.
Even with the team preparing for its third-straight NBA Finals, Kerr has no timetable to be back on the sideline. Myers said that fact has “muted” the experience.
“This should be great,” he said. “This should be unbelievable. And we are excited and we are proud. But, our head coach can’t coach. It’s not an excuse, it’s just a fact. And that sucks.”
The team is preparing to finish the season with acting head coach Mike Brown maintaining that title.
Of course, if Kerr shows noticeable and sustained improvement, his seat will be there for him.
“The way I continue to look at it, I’m the coach until they tell me otherwise,” Brown reiterated.
In the meantime, Kerr will continue to work with the team every way he can, which, is basically all of his job functions except for being on the bench during games.
Kerr missed the Western Conference semifinals series against the Utah Jazz , but was visible in San Antonio and was at practice meeting with coaches on Thursday.
“Even though he’s not out there on the bench, you can’t measure the impact he’s had on everything else,” Myers said.
“This is his sanctuary, even though he’s suffering.”
Myers wouldn’t comment on the effectiveness of the procedures Kerr underwent while the Warriors were in Salt Lake City, saying these things take time to definitively know.
So, those hoping for a quick fix should know one isn’t coming.
As has been the case throughout this ordeal, Myers emphasized that his primary concern is the health of his friend and colleague — making clear that basketball is a secondary consideration.
“He’s a person and he’s not feeling well and that’s what makes it hard,” the Dubs GM said. “… That the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in the Finals for three years in a row can’t do it, it’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him more than anybody.”
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