UPDATE 3:24 PM PST: Steve Kerr held an impromptu press conference on Sunday to discuss his illness. Speaking to reporters, Kerr said it is possible he would not be able to return to the sidelines to coach the team.
This comes despite news early on Sunday that Kerr was feeling better, and even good enough to watch film with coaches following their Game 3 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-113.
Kerr is apparently still suffering symptoms related to spine issues he’s had in the past. Kerr was out for part of last season as a spinal fluid leak gave him terrible illness, including headaches and nausea.
Former Lakers and Cavaliers coach Mike Brown coached in Kerr’s absence on Saturday.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr missed games last year due to a back injury that gave him chronic pain. Kerr also missed Saturday’s Game 3 win over the Portland Trail Blazers due to an unspecified illness, and reports out of Oakland are that Kerr will not return to coach the rest of the first round series.
What Kerr is battling is still unknown, apparently even to the Warriors. According to a report from the Mercury News, Kerr is having trouble walking and has been in excruciating pain.
Vague descriptions like “illness” and “not feeling well,” are usually a sign something is wrong. In this case, according to sources, it is.
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.
The worst part, the Warriors don’t yet know what is going. They had to say “illness” because there are no answers yet.
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.
No matter your loyalty, I think we’re all hoping for Kerr to get an answer and feel better soon. If you’ve ever dealt with chronic pain it can be something that not only debilitates your body but grates at your emotional state, too.
Meanwhile, Kerr’s absence is a huge question for the Warriors moving forward. Last season it was Luke Walton who helmed the squad so well it earned him the head coaching position for the Los Angeles Lakers. But this injury comes late in the game for Golden State, and while they may be able to cut through the first rounds of the playoffs without Kerr, there’s no doubt they would rather have him on the bench for later rounds.
In Kerr’s absence, assistant coach Mike Brown took the helm for the Warriors against Portland in Game 3. The Blazers blew a huge lead they held most of the game as Golden State took a 3-0 series lead, 119-113.