Steve Kerr expresses strong feelings about California legalizing marijuana


Steve Kerr expresses strong feelings about California legalizing marijuana

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr reiterated Tuesday that marijuana did not relieve his chronic pain but added that others likely benefit from its legalization in California.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me,” Kerr said. “So I was disappointed.

“I do feel strongly that it’s a much better option than some of the prescription drugs. And I know that it’s helping a lot of people, which is great.”

California on New Year’s Day legalized recreational marijuana use, making it available at retail outlets throughout the state.

“As long as it’s regulated and used wisely, then I am a proponent,” Kerr said. “But it’s not something that helped me. Hopefully, it helps a lot of others.”

Kerr, 52, tried cannabis in hopes of alleviating the pain he has experienced since undergoing multiple back surgeries in the summer of 2015.

What makes the Warriors so special? Livingston singles out Zaza and JaVale


What makes the Warriors so special? Livingston singles out Zaza and JaVale

Zaza Pachulia did not play a single second in either of the Warriors' first two playoff games vs the Spurs.

JaVale McGee got the starting nod, and recorded 15 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in Game 1.

In Game 2, he notched 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

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Shaun Livingston wrote a diary for The Athletic on Thursday morning (be sure to read the whole entry), and praised both of the Warriors big men:

"What really makes us special is what we saw from Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee. Z didn’t play a second in the first two games, but he showed all you need to know about him. He has championship pedigree — which means you do what’s in the best interest of the team.

Coach pushes those buttons and he makes those decisions. If it were me, I wouldn’t want a DNP. I’m sure Z didn’t want one either. But instead of being, like, “This is bulls**t,” he made the sacrifice and was supportive of his team. That’s championship pedigree.

You’re playing for something bigger than yourself. I commend Z for taking that backseat and still staying ready, because you never know what can happen.

And the guy who took his place in the starting lineup, JaVale, is a prime example of what it means to stay ready. No matter what, whether he’s playing or not playing, he is the first one off the bench during timeouts, greeting and encouraging his teammates.

Him being able to get his shot now, to see him getting his shine, that’s the story.

When Livingston says "you never know what can happen," it's the truth.

McGee is listed as questionable for tonight's Game 3 because of a left thigh contusion.

If he is unable to play, it's quite possible that Pachulia gets the start...

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

Warriors-Spurs series feels small and insignificant with Erin Popovich's passing


Warriors-Spurs series feels small and insignificant with Erin Popovich's passing

SAN ANTONIO -- The news hit Steve Kerr like a sledgehammer to the heart.

Imagine, then, how it must have hit Kerr’s mentor, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

The Warriors were wrapping up light practice at AT&T Center Wednesday evening when it was announced by the Spurs that Erin Popovich, Gregg’s wife of more than 40 years, had passed away after a long illness.

Suddenly, Warriors-Spurs and their first-round playoff series, which resumes Thursday, felt small and insignificant.

Kerr, who has been close to the Popovich family for 20 years and whose eldest son, Nick, works for the Spurs, could not bring himself to talk. Seeing the anguish on his face, I felt guilty for asking. I felt relieved that he declined.

I also felt like I’ve never understood Popovich better.

Nothing shines a light on a survivor like the loss of a loved one and in this regard Popovich is brilliant. His wife had been suffering month after month after month, for years, according to those familiar with the circumstances, yet he soldiered on during what may be, personally and professionally, his most difficult year.

His wife was ailing, as if that’s not enough.

His team has been without its best player, Kawhi Leonard, which almost deprived the Spurs of their annual ticket to the NBA playoffs.

Almost. The Spurs found their way by following the tenets Popovich has preached for 22 years in San Antonio. Work hard, play smart, do your best job and live with the results.

Sounds simple, but it worked.

See, when so many in the NBA orbit are living through basketball, Popovich has been living through reality. Basketball is a priority, but not his obsession. He’s a military man, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, whose experiences have afforded him a personal lens than spans at least 360 degrees.

It’s why Popovich never dwells too long on a game, certainly not now, at age 69, a grandfather whose thoughts could not have been too far from his wife of more than 40 years.

It’s why he consistently speaks up for those whose pleas go unheard.

It’s why he says, convincingly, that he doesn’t care if his opinions about our current president rub some folks the wrong way -- even if those folks are Spurs fans.

Popovich is living in the moment because that’s all he has, all any of us has.

The news of the day brought me back to the words Popovich said in closing his pregame news conference prior to Game 1 of this series Saturday in Oakland:

“Enjoy the day. It’s beautiful out there.”