War­riors' Kerr will not coach Fi­nals opener

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Golden State War­riors coach Steve Kerr could re­turn to the team’s bench dur­ing the NBA Fi­nals, but it will not be for Game 1 against the Cleve­land Cava­liers to­mor­row night.

Kerr has missed Golden State’s last 10 play­off games as he con­tin­ues to deal with com­pli­ca­tions from back surgery two years ago.

“I’m not ready to coach yet,” Kerr told re­porters on Mon­day. “I’m still feel­ing the ef­fects.”

Kerr stepped away from the bench af­ter Game 2 of the War­riors’ first-round sweep of the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers. Among the symp­toms he is deal­ing with are se­vere headaches, neck pain and nau­sea.

Al­though he ruled him­self out of Game 1, Kerr left the door open to re­turn­ing dur­ing the re­match of the last two NBA Fi­nals.

“Once we get to Game 1 it might be a good time to make a de­ci­sion one way or an­other,” Kerr said.

Kerr, 51, trav­eled with the team for the fi­nal two games of the West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals in San An­to­nio, the first time he joined the War­riors on the road since tak­ing his in­def­i­nite leave on April 23.

Whether he coaches or not, Kerr said he plans on fly­ing to Cleve­land with Golden State for Games 3 and 4.

As­sis­tant coach Mike Brown has guided the War­riors to 10 con­sec­u­tive wins since tak­ing over for Kerr. Golden State is the first team to en­ter the NBA Fi­nals with a per­fect 12-0 mark.

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Golden State War­riors’ Stephen Curry (left) is guarded by Cleve­land Cava­liers’ LeBron James dur­ing the NBA Fi­nals in Oak­land on June 14, 2015.

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