No surgery is successful until Steve Kerr says so

No surgery is successful until Steve Kerr says so

You know how every team in the world announces the remediation of a player injury with the pithy phrase, “The surgery was successful?" Of course you do. It happens all the time.
True, you roll your eyes a bit when you hear it because you find yourself asking, “If successful surgery is the cure of the patient, which nobody can know at the time of the announcement, what would constitute unsuccessful surgery?" When the doctor leaves his cellphone in the incision? When the doctor leaves a lit cigarette by the oxygen? When the doctor repairs a deviated septum by lopping off a leg?
Thus we are a bit grateful that the Golden State Warriors made no announcement at all on head coach Steve Kerr’s operation Friday in Durham, N.C. Indeed, had owner/investors’ front man Joe Lacob not blabbed to Bloomberg Radio about it, we still wouldn’t know.
But Lacob at least had the good sense not to describe the procedure as “successful,” because as we now know, nobody knows, and nobody will know until Kerr announces the end of his nightmarish symptomology.
Here, in fact, is what Lacob said (against, courtesy Bloomberg):
“It’s very unfortunate what’s happening here. He had a back surgery, (a) relatively common procedure almost two years ago now, and had a . . . relatively uncommon thing happen, which is the dura around the spinal cord got nicked and you wind up having a spinal cord leak, and ultimately headaches and other symptoms. Bad headaches. Migraines.
“Unfortunately usually they patch that with a blood patch and it’s over, either in a week or month, whatever. And in his case for whatever reason they just haven’t been able to solve that problem. Hopefully it was solved yesterday, He had another procedure. It’s gone on for nearly two years. Very unusual I believe. I have a medical background so I know a little bit about this. I’ve never really heard of many people having this problem for this long. We feel really bad for him, the players, everybody understands it. We just have to be in his court here and support whatever it takes for him to get back and I’m sure they will eventually solve it. Hopefully sooner rather than later and hopefully we’ll have him coaching on the court sooner rather than later.”
See? No “surgery was successful” claptrap. No message other than optimism that the Duke surgeons found the problem, caulked it up and Kerr can begin the process of not hating every waking moment.
Now that’s a medical announcement. No instant prognosis, no timetable for a return, just “it happened, we hope this is the last of it, and we hope we can get him back to the job we pay him for.”

In other words, this is a successful surgery when Steve Kerr says it is, and not a moment before. 

In fact, it seems almost distasteful to speculate on Kerr’s return because 18 months of his level of agony doesn’t get tidied up right away, and he has an interesting life view that must be heeded –  namely, that coaching isn’t all there is. True, the Warriors have not shown any signs of deterioration in his absence, so one could make the case that he needn’t hurry back.
But he needn’t hurry back because his cure is what matters here. His job isn’t in jeopardy despite the fact that his winning percentage is more than 100 points lower than that of his two replacements, Mike Brown and Luke Walton. His reputation has been unharmed by his absence, his replacements have been fiercely loyal and his players have been unaffected by Kerr’s medical kerfuffle.
(Sorry. It needed to be done.)
Most importantly, though, it is good to remember that this surgery won’t be a success until Kerr says it is, and that won’t be when he comes back to the bench, but when he can wake up and face the day without trepidation. He’s had 18 months of getting used to nausea and headaches, and he can now get used to neither.
If the surgery was successful, that is.

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”