Monday, Steve Kerr said he wasn’t ready to coach a game.
But the Finals don’t begin until Thursday.
Steve Kerr looks better than he has since he took a leave of absence during the Golden State Warriors’ first-round playoff series, and there’s a chance he will coach at some point against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Kerr has been speaking with the media, a sign he’s readying for a larger load. Obviously, coaching a game is another level.
The Warriors would be better off if Kerr can return. They haven’t faced any significant adversity throughout these playoffs – and they’re so good, they might not. But if Cleveland can stress Golden State, Kerr has proven adept at calming and focusing the Warriors. That’s an important skill on this high-pressure stage.
More importantly, if Kerr coaches, that means he’s feeling better, which is always a good thing.