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Health issues put Kerr extension on back burner: 'I want to keep coaching, but...'

Health issues put Kerr extension on back burner: 'I want to keep coaching, but...'

OAKLAND -- Despite two NBA titles and the best three-season record of any coach in league history, Warriors coach Steve Kerr enters Year 4 of a five-year deal worth $25 million without a contract extension.

Though the topic has been raised, it is not currently a priority for general manager Bob Myers or Kerr, mostly because the coach is focusing on personal health issues.

“I’m just not ready to look that far ahead,” Kerr said Sunday.

“It’s not top of mind because I just can’t envision him not being our coach,” Myers said on the Warriors Insider Podcast this week. “If something happened health related, that’s different. But if it’s his option or our option to work something out, I’m really confident that it won’t be an issue -- for him or for us.”

Because he continues to experience lingering symptoms, including headaches and dizziness, related to multiple back surgeries two years ago, Kerr said his first personal objective is finding a path to a pain-free life.

Kerr missed 43 games at the beginning of the 2015-16 season and 11 more during the 2017 postseason. His health is trending upward, he says, but it’s a slow progression and a time-consuming process.

If Kerr, who is 207-39 through three seasons, is willing to wait, so are the Warriors.

“There’s no secret of our admiration for Steve, not only ours in the organization, whether it’s ownership or myself and the front office, but that trickles up from our players,” said Myers, who 13 months ago received an extension believed to last through 2019-20. “He’s universally kind of beloved in the organization for his ability to coach, for his ability to lead, his humanity -- all the skills.”

Kerr, 51, said he is determined to avoid putting himself or the team in a situation where he signs a new deal and then discovers shortly afterward that he is unable to physically meet the demands of the job.

That doesn’t mean he hasn’t thought about being with the Warriors -- and only the Warriors -- beyond the contract that ends in 2019, the year the team moves into the new Chase Center in San Francisco.

“I know I enjoy coaching and that I want to keep coaching,” said Kerr, voted Coach of the Year in 2015-16. “But it’s impossible to know if I’ll be in the position to do so.”

David West explains why he was shocked Kevin Durant left Warriors

David West explains why he was shocked Kevin Durant left Warriors

When David West talks, you listen.

It's a rule.

The former Warriors forward -- who retired from the NBA a couple months after Golden State won the title in 2018 -- was a guest Wednesday on Fox Sports 1's show "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd.

Was the two-time NBA All-Star shocked Kevin Durant left Golden State for Brooklyn in free agency?

"I was," West said. "I remember I had spoken to him maybe a couple weeks before the decision. And then obviously had talked throughout the year.

"I just felt like he was in a position to really cement himself -- get into that 'Legend with the Warriors type thing.'

"I still think he's got a great legacy with the Warriors, but I thought it was the one place he might just say, 'You know what, I'm cool here.' I thought he loved the city, he loved the people."

Durant won two championships with the Dubs, was named NBA Finals MVP twice, and did terrific work in the community. He undoubtedly has a great legacy with the franchise.

But it's understandable if certain fans don't hold him in the esteem they would have if he re-signed last summer and stayed for the long haul.

Furthermore, did KD get along with coach Steve Kerr?

"Yeah. Oh yeah," West said. "It's hard not to get along with Steve."

But keep in mind that West wasn't with the Warriors last season, when things between Kerr and KD reportedly started to go south.

You probably weren't expecting to get any of West's thoughts today, but as we mentioned before -- when he talks, you listen (and/or read about what he said).

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Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein details how passion for art drives him

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Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein details how passion for art drives him

“They’re not even looking at your eyes, they’re looking at the tattoos on your face.”

Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein wants to be known for more than just his high-flying exploits on the basketball court or his array of body ink.

In a recent conversation with ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, Cauley-Stein opened up about his passion for art, and how it has stimulated his on-court play.

“The stigma on me was like ‘He cares about art way more than he cares about basketball,’” Cauley-Stein said. “But to me it was like, the art was fueling basketball.

“If I was to paint a picture right before a game, I was probably gonna go off that game.”

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The big man has been an integral part of the Warriors this season, as nagging injuries have left Cauley-Stein as the lone healthy center on Golden State’s roster.

But whenever his NBA career ends, it looks like Willie has another talent to fall back on.