The Warriors will meet the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference finals on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. "Obviously, coach Brown led most of it, but he was present". Popovich, who talks with Kerr regularly, knows better than most what his friend has endured since back surgery almost two years ago led to complications. It was reported last week that Kerr had a spinal cord leak procedure while at Duke.
Steve Kerr took part in the Warriors' practice once again Monday and now appears healthy enough to help the team prepare on an everyday basis, even if he isn't ready to return to the bench as the head coach. "It's been very hard for him, and he's shown a lot of courage getting through what he's gotten through". "Hopefully, he's feeling better".
"For me it's a little different because I hear his voice a couple times a day", Brown said. "Not just the players, but us as a staff, so it was good to see him out here today". He's the guy that laid the foundation and got everybody headed in the right direction.
More than anything, the Golden State family was happy to see his face and hear his voice. San Antonio ruined Kevin Durant's first game with the Warriors with a 129-100 romp on opening night, then rolled to a 107-85 victory on March 11 when Golden State rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. "Let's get three stops in a row and the push will come from that".
Key Matchup: Leonard vs. Durant, Curry or Thompson.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who talks to Kerr regularly, spoke Sunday about Kerr's recent health struggle.