According to ESPN sources, Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr could potentially be nearing a return to the bench, maybe even coaching in Game 1 tomorrow, Thursday, when the Warriors take on the Cavaliers in Oakland.
There's a chance [Kerr] coaches at some point against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, sources have told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
Acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, speaking Wednesday to ESPN's Michael Wilbon, said he didn't know whether Kerr would return Thursday night for Game 1 and that they wouldn't know until closer to the 9 p.m. ET tipoff.
Brown said if Kerr did return, he'd be ready to take the step back.
Having Kerr back on the bench would be a huge boost for a team that has won all 12 games so far this postseason. As unprecedented as this run has been, you know they want their leader out there, especially given all Kerr has been through since a botched surgery two years ago.
While battling severe headaches, nausea, and other debilitating symptoms, Kerr has still been a driving force behind the Warriors’ dominance. He is the compass, and he is the genius behind the motion-based offensive sets.
Mike Brown has been near perfect in his handling of the team, but I know I don’t stand alone when I say that I’d feel more comfortable about the Warriors’ chances if Kerr was manning the rotations, plays, and all in-game adjustments.
However, this was from just two days ago, as he said he was “not ready to coach yet.”
I so deeply would love to see him out there, and yet don’t want him to rush back. As you can see in the above video, he’s obviously still in some intense discomfort.
What do you guys think?
Will we see him this series? Will he make a triumphant return? Does the sting of last year’s collapse irk him enough that he’ll jump back into the fray?
We’ll find out, one way or another.