On eve of Spurs series, Kerr back at practice: 'Great to see him out here'

On eve of Spurs series, Kerr back at practice: 'Great to see him out here'

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr is back with the Warriors, if only behind the scenes.

After being away for games and practices during the Western Conference semifinals against Utah, Kerr rejoined his coaching staff for meetings Friday and also attended practice Saturday.

Though Kerr visited briefly with the team on May 3, it was the first time since April 21 that he was a vocal presence at practice, though he won’t be on the sideline when the Warriors face the Spurs Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

“More than anything else, it was great to see him out here, especially during practice, walking around and talking to guys,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “You really enjoy that because he’s our leader. He’s the guy that laid the foundation and that has everybody heading in the right direction. So the more he can be around, it’s a better feel that all of us have. It was good to see him out here today.”

Though Kerr did not address the media, his presence on consecutive mornings indicates he may be experiencing some relief after undergoing a procedure last week at Duke University Spine Center in North Carolina.

Kerr announced on April 23, prior to Game 4 of the first-round series against Portland, that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence to address chronic pain that lingers after multiple back surgeries in the summer of 2015. He first consulted with specialists at Stanford Medical Center before flying to North Carolina.

Kerr arrived at the team facility at 8:30 on Friday morning for a meeting with the coaching staff. He arrived around 9:30 Saturday to assist in preparation for practice and also to address the team ahead of Game 1.

“He’s obviously been doing his homework in between his down times to help us get prepared for the series,” Stephen Curry said. “And you know he misses being around the day-to-day routine and the atmosphere and practice and locker rooms and the games. For him to just have the energy and ability to be here means a lot.”

If Kerr is feeling good enough to be at the team facility on back-to-back mornings, don’t be surprised if he somehow makes it to Oracle Arena on Sunday for Game 1 against his friend and mentor, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich.


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.

What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

The Warriors were the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

That is probably going to change this season, as they trail the Rockets by three games (although it's really four because Houston has the tiebreaker) with 12 games to play (and only lead the Raptors by one game).

What does owner Joe Lacob think about his team right now?

“We’ve had our best team we’ve ever had this year,” Lacob recently told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (read the full story here). “We have to go prove it on the court, but we have enough to win it.

"It doesn’t mean we will, but we are certainly set up to have the opportunity potentially to do that. That’s about all you can ask.”

Things can change in an instant and Lacob understands that.

That's why he's constantly discussing scenarios with Warriors GM Bob Myers and the rest of Golden State's decision-makers.

“We’ll build around that core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t," Lacob told BANG. "But right now it feels pretty good. These guys are all performing at a great level. We love them as part of our organization.

"I don’t really see doing anything major. But you never really know. We have to evaluate when the season is over. It’s very hard when you’re in the middle of it all to see it objectively.”

What happens if the Warriors don't win the championship this year?

We will leave you with this quote Lacob gave BANG.

“Maybe we will emphasize continuity. Or maybe we will make a big move. We’re looking at different options, given different things playing out in different ways.

"I think you should always be doing that.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller