Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr remains questionable to return in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2017 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. With acting head coach Mike Brown also missing the team’s practice, Kerr described the Warriors as a “healthy team” with coaching staff “dropping like flies.”
Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown served as the acting head coach when coach Steve Kerr took an indefinite leave of absence earlier in the NBA Playoffs 2017. So far, the Warriors are still doing great and swept every opponent they faced in the Western Conference. In their third NBA Finals matchup against the Cavaliers, the Warriors started making preparations to avenge an embarrassing loss in last year’s Finals.
Coach Mike Brown missed Warriors practice due to food poisoning
Unfortunately, in their recent practice, Brown was also unable to attend as he’s currently feeling under the weather. Chris Haynes of ESPN revealed that Brown had a food poisoning after eating a bad salad. Assistant coach Jarron Collins temporarily handled the Warriors’ practice.
Brown decided not to attend the practice to avoid his team from getting sick if he’s illness was a virus. However, he’s currently doing good and plans to attend their next practice on Tuesday. Coach Steve Kerr made a joke on his team’s current situation
“I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy,” Kerr said. “But the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies.”
Will Steve Kerr return in the NBA Finals 2017?
After undergoing a surgery earlier this month, Steve Kerr is still experiencing some level of discomfort.With his current condition, Kerr admitted that he’s not yet ready to coach the Warriors in the NBA Finals 2017.
“I’m not well enough to coach games, and I know that [because] I coached all 82 games and I did OK,” Kerr explained. “I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, but I did fine. I could make it through. The first two games of the Portland series, whatever happened, things got worse. You saw me in the fourth quarter of Game 2. I could not sit still in my chair. It was that much pain. I would say that I’ve gotten a little bit better. That’s why I’m her.e talking to you now. But you can probably tell I’m not sitting here happy-go-lucky.”
Kerr may not be on the sidelines during games but he’s still trying his best to participate in team’s practice and coaching meetings. Kerr revealed that he continues giving advice on assistant coach Mike Brown behind the scenes.
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