By the time Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr made an appearance at the practice facility in recent days for a coaches' meeting (Friday) and team practice (Saturday), it had been weeks since anyone affiliated with the team had seen his face.
It's unclear what Kerr's role will be once the Western Conference Final starts on Sunday afternoon against the Spurs, but it's looking like Kerr could be back this season after all. "Obviously, coach Brown led most of it, but he was present". He missed the shootaround the following morning and that night's game, then also Game 4 and the entire Utah series - and Kerr didn't travel to Salt Lake City while seeking answers on his health.
No one really knew how hands-on Kerr would be with the team; Mike Brown has coached in his absence, and Kerr is on record as not wanting to meddle so as to avoid confusion.More news: Activists say Kurdish-led forces advance on IS-held Raqqa
Kerr, 51, has not been on the bench since Game 2 of a first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 19 because of recurring issues resulting from back surgery two years ago. But everyone was undoubtedly relieved to see him ambulatory on Saturday during practice - somewhat active, even - walking the court and talking to players. "I hope he's feeling better".
He attended a meeting at team headquarters Friday, one week after his latest procedure to fix leaking spinal fluid.
For many on the team, it was the first time they had seen Kerr in almost two weeks.More news: Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge sets new unofficial marathon world record
"He looks good", Brown said.
It didn't go well early for Golden State. But in the second quarter we got out of sorts.
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